Kings Fan, this is the main problem with the Kings that irritates the majority of Los Angeles and Laker Fans alike.
ITs the Minds games they always play, and always trying to flip the script to the point where they think they are the Lakers and we are the Kings. Shaq is Vlade at some point, and Vlade is a bonafide Hall of famer.
Vlade Divac is a big ACTOR, and he just plays games with refs and gets in their faces, to just cause a scene, and get the refs to believe that half his calls are legal. He even argues with refs on occasion to sumtin stupid like positioning himself on a jump ball. He basically is trying to show his opponents that he actually cares and is trying to play with emotion. But trying to strike fear into Shaq, and get under his skin...wil just make things worse, and Vlade will leave the game with a fractured skull, rather than outplaying Shaq and having a big game.
Nothing confused me more than when Bibby made this one comment during Game 4 of the WCF....."We are playing great, we are outplaying them, the Lakers are scared of us and they know they can't stop us....blah blah blah" .......Way to jump the gun. Chris Webber was the biggest Drama queen that series...this guy was about to sell his soul for a championship, although he was facing a possible jail sentence at the time, but whatever.
Point is, the Lakers last year, and the year before, were almost the complete opposite of the Kings, and they just focused on playing their games. This is Payton's first year with the Lakers, so he hasnt completely changed his ways. Derek Fisher is the only known flopper on the team. Shaq may trash talk alot and get fulll of himself, be he almost NEVER complains on the court. He takes it like a man and moves on. Same with Kobe.
I used to like the Kings, and I rooted for them, when they had Webber, Divac, and Jason Williams. I used to have this fetish with teams that looked like they could be on the rise, with newly assembled players. The Kings were actually respectable and fun to watch. Now look at them. Not the Sacremento Team i used to know.