Word on the Street

Verbal Flop (vur’-buhl flahp) noun. An exaggerated groan, scream, or cry of frustration that is emitted for the sole purpose of drawing a foul. Usually accompanied by a grimace of pain and anguish.

Usage example:Even though the defenders were either standing still or had a hand on the ball, Kobe was able to draw the foul with a verbal flop.

Word history: In Patrick Hruby‘s ESPN.com article The Art of the Flop, Dallas guard Jason Terry refers to Laker guard Kobe Bryant as a “verbal flopper, able to coax a call out of a single well-timed scream.”

Eric Snow is standing still. LeBron has the ball. But Kobe still draws the foul with a verbal flop.

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Labels: Kobe Bryant / LeBron James / Eric Snow / Jason Terry / Los Angeles Lakers / Dallas Mavericks / Word on the Street

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