Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins: ‘Flopping isn’t a part of the game’
Four days after his team forced overtime thanks to a late-game flop, Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said that flopping “shouldn’t be part of the game.”
Hollins’ comments came in response to reporters’ questions about Tony Allen’s fourth-quarter flop, in which he grabbed his head and pretended to writhe in pain after being fouled by the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili.
Allen’s flop in an 85-81 game with 26 seconds left drew a flagrant foul, allowing the Grizzlies to tie the game. He was fined $5,000 the next day.
The league’s new rules for the postseason stipulate that a player be fined $5,000 for a first offense, $$10,000 for the second, $15,000 for the third, $30,000 for the fourth, and be subject to league discipline for any subsequent flops.
“Flopping isn’t a part of the game and it shouldn’t be a part of the game,” Hollins said. “That’s why we have rules in place. There are probably a few more that could be called on a lot of people still in it.”
Hollins made clear that the foul committed by San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who grabbed Allen’s arm while the Grizzlies guard was airborne, was a flagrant foul irrespective of Allen’s subsequent reaction.
“I don’t think what happened had anything to do with the referee calling a flagrant foul because he grabbed him out of the air,” Hollins said. “Whether he hit his head or didn’t hit his head, he grabbed him out of the air, and I don’t think that had a bearing, especially when they went and reviewed it, they still called it a flagrant.”