commissioner Roger Goodell asked you to speak at the NFL Rookie Symposium,
RL: I'd love to do
DP: What would you
RL: From December
until July, have no one even know you exist. Be in the weight room, be watching
film, and not out at functions, at anything. People want you to go do
stuff—you're a superstar. Just don't. I definitely wasn't prepared for that. If
they can learn anything from what ailed me, that's great.
Leaf: What if
DOESN'T IT seem
like we've seen an epidemic of flopping in the first round of the NBA playoffs?
Usually if you want to see this many men reeling backward at the merest touch,
you need to watch professional wrestling. I can just see Raja Bell at home in
the kitchen going to the floor when his wife brushes past him, purely out of
habit. I'm tired of this. Flopping isn't "smart basketball." It's lazy
defense, and I hate to see it rewarded.
Funny thing is,
some of the most talented players are among the best at flopping. If there were
a Floppers Hall of Fame (all plaques displayed at baseboard level, so you have
to get down on the floor to read them), I'd nominate these five for
The De Niro of falling down.
2. Vlade Divac
Did he learn to flop watching soccer?
(below) His acting was much better on court than in his flop movie Double