Giannis Antetokounmpo Blames NBA For Flopping And Being Weak

Giannis Antetokounmpo calls attention the flopping in the NBA.

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The reigning MVP spoke with the media following his 32 points, 17 rebounds, and 7 assists in the Bucks victory over the Boston Celtics.

He talked about the physicality of the NBA today. And he said NBA rewards players for flopping.

It’s kind of hard because in the NBA, the way it’s built, they want you to flop. It wants you to be weak, kind of, because sometimes I think when you’re strong, and you’re going through contact, they don’t call the foul. But when you’re flopping and kind of going into the contact and throwing the ball out, they’re just going to call foul, but that’s not who I am, that’s not what I’m gonna do.

There was a play in the game where Giannis called charge. But the defender was going down before any contact. It was a risky play. Because the player can get on your feet, and you can go down severely, ending up with spraining your ankle.

Giannis’ ability to control the ball and carry through the paint no matter how many defenders chasing him, it’s unseen and unstoppable. So, the league and the referees are trying to discourage it a bit by calling offensive charges and letting defenders get away with more.

I’m just gonna try to power through contact. It’s going to be … where if a guy grabs me or pushes me, I’ve got to show it more, but I think I’ve done a better job of showing it more so the refs can see that the guys are holding me, pushing me and just being physical.

Flopping is almost a requirement these days. And finally, a superstar has had enough with this nonsense. But Antetokounmpo gets away with some of the offensive fouls on drives, not to mention the travels. There is both a negative and positive side.