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Bigger Floppers: Soccer vs. NBA

Some call it flopping. Others call it diving. Either way, with World Cup 2014 getting underway in Brazil, the flopping spotlight will be shining brightly on the soccer. But, let’s not forget the NBA Finals are also still being played.

Although LeBron probably couldn’t hack it on Jürgen Klinsmann’s squad, he would excel in the sport as a world class flop master. So, it got us to wondering, can the NBA compete with soccer in flopping and diving?

NBA
Soccer
San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat
Real Madrid CF v Real Sporting de Gijon  - Liga BBVA
Top Dog
LeBron James — He's basketball's Piccasso when it comes to flopping. Simply put, he's a masterful artist. His legendary kills have coined the term 'LeBroning.'
Winner Cristiano Ronaldo — Heck of a player. Heck of a flopper. This guy flops like a fish out of water.
Runner Up
Winner Blake Griffin — Had 'Griffining" not already been taken by a certain Redskins player, it may very well have been a thing in the NBA thanks to the Clippers star's antics.
Angel Di Maria — Not familiar with his name? No problem. All you need to know is this Argentinian star can take a tumble like almost no other.
Honorable Mention
Shane Battier — From Duke to duped... as in duping the refs. Apparently that's what he learned in Durham.
Winner Dani Alves — Playing for the host nation of Brazil this guy could win an Academy Award for his performances.

The Winner Is

Real Madrid CF v Real Sporting de Gijon  - Liga BBVA
Winner Soccer
2 out of 3

Sorry basketball fans. This title belongs to the men who have been flopping, diving, acting since birth. Enjoy the World Cup!

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