Flopping Rumors

On a night the pain in his right thigh robbed him of explosion, Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside took pride in still being able to stand up to the challenge. His only wish was the Charlotte Hornets would have done the same. “I don’t know man, it’s looking like the flop-offs to me,” Whiteside said after foul trouble in Monday night’s 89-85 loss at Time Warner Cable Arena dropped the Heat into a 2-2 tie in this best-of-seven opening-round NBA playoff series. “The refs just got to watch for people flopping.”
Smart knows people have considered him a flopper for years. He just doesn’t care. “Not at all,” he said Wednesday after practice. “I’m gonna play my game and play hard every day. That’s something the coach and this organization doesn’t have to worry about. I feel like the rest of my teammates are gonna pick it up also. I’m not worried about all the other stuff that comes with it. I just play my game.”