Call Kobe Bryant a flopper and he’ll most definitely take it as a backhand slap to the face. Flopping has been the easy way out so to speak for some players on defense but don’t expect Kobe to change his mentality and ride that wave.
He’s been selected to far too many All-Defensive Teams to even think about flopping. Kobe’s good enough to play defense straight up without hoping the refs will bail him out by calling a bogus offensive foul unlike some people.
ESPN:”I learned from my predecessors,” Bryant said. “(Scottie) Pippen had a (messed) up back taking charges. (Larry) Bird had a (messed) up back taking charges. I said, ‘I’m not taking charges.’ I figured that … out at an early age.”Kobe’s a student of the game and he’s obviously paid attention to many more things from previous players than just how to score the basketball:
“I’ve seen Michael (Jordan) not take one … charge and he’s healthy his whole career and the same thing with Magic (Johnson),” Bryant said. “I might not be the smartest guy in the room, but I can figure that … out.”
It’s pretty simple….
Real men play defense.
Now Kobe did give credit to players like former teammate and OKC Thunder guard Derek Fisher, and one of the best perimeter defenders in Shane Battier of the Miami Heat who’ve made an art out of taking charges but he acknowledges there’s a difference between what they do and a blatant flop:
“There’s a difference (between taking a charge and flopping). We all know what flopping is when we see it,” Bryant said. “The stuff that you see is where guys aren’t really getting hit at all and are just flailing around like a fish out of water. That’s kind of like, where are your balls at?”
I couldn’t put it any more eloquently myself.