Life has been rough for NBA superstar Dwyane Wade.
First Wade trudged through the regular season, unable to play in back-to-back games because of injury. Second, Wade had an extremely poor NBA Finals outing against the San Antonio Spurs. Third, Wade opted out of a guaranteed $40 million to coerce LeBron James into re-signing with the Miami Heat–James eventually left.
Now Wade’s playing style is being criticized because of his flopping by children from his basketball camp according to the three-time NBA champion.
Flopping isn’t new to the NBA, but these last few years it’s definitely been on high alert by both fans and the NBA. And hen it comes to Dwyane Wade, there are few who are more guilty at flopping than Wade himself.
There are two types of floppers in the NBA today: those who exaggerate contact and those who egregiously exaggerate contact.
If you’ve ever played basketball before you know that sometimes a little exaggeration goes a long way. As a basketball coach once said, “you gotta fall to get the call”. Every NBA player falls into this category. Could you imagine a player trying to draw a charge without falling?
And then there are those who take it a step too far, embarrassing themselves in front of millions. Flopping. Flailing. Falling. Some even yell to exaggerate the contact received from the opposition. That’s Dwyane Wade–and Chris Paul, Manu Ginobili, LeBron James, etc.
The flopping came back to bite Wade in the butt in the NBA Finals as the league hit him with a $5k fine for flopping.
Will Wade completely change his game now that everyone in the world is taking notice? Likely not, but for the sake of the quality of the game, we can all hope so.