South East Melbourne coach Simon Mitchell accused Adelaide big man Harry Froling of being a "Greg Louganis" diver while admonishing his own power forward Dan Trist's comical flop in Phoenix's 100-93 loss to the 36ers.
Trist earned the Adelaide Entertainment Centre's mirth and jeers after he flung himself to the ground despite minimal contact from Froling late in the third quarter on Sunday.
Mitchell admonished Trist but accused Froling of being rewarded for a similar con job the last time these two sides met in December, comparing the Sixers big man to former American Olympic diver Louganis.
"We saw this happen last time - Harry is Greg Louganis when it comes to diving and gets rewarded every week," Mitchell said.
"So don't stop Harry ... keep going with it!
"The last time we played here he pushed Trist in the back, Tristy was out of control, his arm went around and Harry took a dive and lay down for five minutes.
"He was rewarded with a foul against Daniel Trist.
"I was kind of hoping for the same thing (on Sunday) but Harry does it a lot better than Dan Trist.
"We don't act very well - it's not who we are."
Mitchell has no time for flopping in basketball and will make Trist aware his actions were unacceptable.
"It's a scourge on our sport," he said.
"I don't like our guys flopping, I didnt like what Dan did and I'll tell him that. He's better than that.
"He doesn't need to stoop to that level to try to extract a call."
Adelaide coach Joey Wright didn't respond to Mitchell's barb about Froling but did suggest a possible post-basketball career for Trist.
"I think Dan should go to Hollywood with that - he was good," Wright said.
"He's a good-looking, strong dude, he might want to be a stunt man."