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Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
Position: C
Born: 12/11/86
Height: 7-2 / 2.18
Weight:278 lbs. / 126.1 kg.
Salary: $15,514,031
The Lakers absorbed Hibbert into their cap room in July, giving up just a 2019 second-round pick in a trade the team had lined up with the Indiana Pacers before they tried the free-agent market for bigger names like DeAndre Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge. “We had him locked up,” said Buss. “Larry Bird, [Pacers president of basketball operations], is a man of his word, and he basically said he we have a deal … It was contingent on [the Lakers not signing a big dollar free agent].” “He was fine with that,” he continued. “Bird wanted to put the kid into a spotlight like this.”
via Los Angeles Times
Hibbert agrees with all of them. And in more than a dozen interviews with those around the Pacers and Hibbert, every theory of what went wrong has something do with his mood or mentality. “I feel like I haven’t done the best in environments that aren’t conducive to me doing well, and I have to do that,” Hibbert says. “Because times are going to get tough, and I’m going to have to let things slide off my back. I’m not going to make every shot. I’m not going to get every block. I can’t let one play affect me the next two or three times down the court. I have had that happen before.”
The visits helped Hibbert shed any fear of being labeled as “having a couple of screws loose,” a stubborn perception that persists in the world of sports, in which “mental strength” — however abstract the definition — is fetishized. “Stigma is an issue [in the NBA],” Hibbert said then. “But sometimes you have to look yourself in the mirror and say, ‘You know, I need help. I may need to look at [therapy and mental exercises] in a different light.’ That’s how I go about it.” Hibbert saw mental health counselors and a team performance psychologist throughout his career with the Pacers, in large part to discuss the stress that accompanies life in the NBA as a high-profile young player — the acquisition of wealth, the strain of a career on personal relationship, the pressures to perform.
Hearing that others were seeking assistance gave him confidence that the discussion about mental health in the NBA is moving in the right direction, but he’s still unsure if the taboo has been lifted. “I mean, I don’t know if we’ll ever get to that point because people just think you’re mentally weak,” Hibbert says. “And when I’m secure about using it and talking about it, I feel like I’ll be OK, but I’m not sure we’ll get to that point. … I’m not sure when we’ll get there.”
“[Bird] changed my life, and I hope people know that,” Hibbert says. “I have nothing bad to say about him or the Pacers. I had some great years there.” Says David Falk, Hibbert’s agent: “We have a great relationship with Larry Bird. Indiana was great for Roy for most of the first six years. They go in a different direction; we felt we had to go in a different direction. We both came to the same conclusion.”