Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 5/30/13
Dick Fosbury has some similarities to LeBron James.Both are Olympic gold medalists.Both appear in television commercials.Now, both are associated with flopping.With the Miami Heat star having been fined 5,000 by the NBA on Thursday, Fosbury said he would love to talk to James. He figures he could make him a better flopper.Im happy to give LeBron a call and see if I assist and advise him a little bit, said Fosbury, who believes he could help provide an authentic look so that the referees would believe it when they see it.Fosbury won a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics in the high jump with the technique he had invented earlier in the decade that became known as the Fosbury Flop. The move of Fosbury going over the bar backward was revolutionary and is now featured in a Mazda commercial.Fosbury, now a track coach who lives in Sun Valley, Idaho, is called by some Mr. Flop. One could say hes the most famous flopper in sports history.But Fosbury, 66, is being challenged for that title. With the NBA having started warning and fining players this season for flopping, some big names are being associated with that.During the regular season, All-Stars Tony Parker and Chris Paul were among those to get warnings. During the playoffs, seven players have been fined 5,000 for flopping, including three Thursday. Besides James, also disciplined were two-time All-Star David West and Lance Stephenson, whose Indiana Pacers are battling the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.All three violations came in Tuesdays Game 4, a 99-92 Indiana win. James and West were fined for flopping on the same play after they somewhat banged into each other in the lane.When two players get caught at the same time, we dont have that event in the high jump, Fosbury said in a phone interview. With two floppers, basketball is breaking new ground.As an expert in flopping, Fosbury believes he could help James and other NBA players with their form.If youre going to use the flop, its important that you succeed and that you win, said Fosbury, whose technique was first called the Fosbury Flop in his hometown Medford, Ore., newspaper when he was a high school junior in 1964. So I'd love to give them a couple of tips on that Im a coach and Ive had enough experience for 45 years now. I could definitely help them.I think (players having been fined) are giving it away with some of their body language, and thats what they really need to improve to give it an authentic look My view is that players just need to make sure that they succeed when they attempt to flop and make themselves a winner.Flopping certainly made Fosbury a winner. He set a then-Olympic record in winning his gold medal in Mexico City in 1968.His revolutionary technique has made Fosbury the most famous high jumper ever. Mazda has made him even more well known with an ad campaign that shows old footage of Fosbury and claims the Mazda6 has been changed in a similar way in that its flipping convention on its head.They contacted my agent and we worked out the terms. I think its quite a clever advertisement, said Fosbury, who quipped he paid off all my credit cards when asked how lucrative the Mazda deal was.Fosbury is a big basketball fan, having played the sport as a youngster before finding much more success in track and field. Being a native of Portland, Ore., his favorite team is the Trail Blazers.Fosbury has never met James, who won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics and golds in 2008 and 2012. But he said hes a real fan of James and it would be an honor to one day deal with him.And provide advice on flopping.Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson
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