The king of flopping in the NBA, is now an executive with the Kings trying to change the rule he invented.
The Sacramento Kings recently hired Vlade Divac to a front office position. Divac — one of the games most skilled big men when he played — was also at times, the NBA’s biggest floppper.
Divac told USA Today that todays players have gone overboard with the act:
Q: So Vlade, I have to admit: Every time I get an e-mail from the NBA saying that somebody has been fined for flopping, I think of you. It comes with a video attachment, where we can see the crime in progress, and it has become this culture where it’s clearly not as acceptable as it was when you were perfecting the art. […] A: “Well you know what, obviously my flopping came because of Shaq (O’Neal). There’s no secret about it. That’s the only way I could try to draw attention to referees what’s going on (when his Kings played the Lakers). But after me, I think guys tried to overdo it. It takes fun from the game, so I’m glad they changed the rules. I support it.”