HoopsHype Roy Hibbert rumors

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Ian Mahinmi is currently the backup for Roy Hibbert, but Bynum will overtake that role if all goes according to plan. Vogel made it clear that Bynum will have to fit into what the Pacers try to do instead of the other way around. “We've got a plan and a scheme on both ends of the court with Roy Hibbert that fits his style of play,” Vogel said. "Once he gets healthy and in great condition, I think the transition is going to be fairly seamless. He’s going to fit in and we’ll use him the same way we use Roy.” RealGM

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"I'm not sure how many NBA execs, coaches and scouts expected him to be this good this fast. He was clearly talented coming out of college, but I don't think we saw the quick rise. Offensively, he can shoot, handle the ball, pass and take his man off the dribble. On the other end, he's a fantastic rebounder, blocks and changes shots, and defends pick-and-rolls pretty well. He also has great feet, so that helps a lot." Davis has even made arguably the best defensive center in the NBA, Roy Hibbert, a little nervous. "He'll be a terror in this league," Hibbert said. Bleacher Report

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Simmons then asked if Hibbert could believe that Lance Stephenson has become the player he is this season: "Lance was tough. When he first got here he was probably one of the worst rookies, he didn't want to do anything. He was a pain in the butt. But he always had the talent and just never got his chance. I think the biggest thing was when Leandro Barbosa didn't sign with us, and he got his chance to play, and obviously when Danny Granger was recovering, he got a chance to play, and I'm happy for him." Indianapolis Star

On the team's mentality regarding a team built without the splashy marquee free agent signings: "We put a chip on our shoulder. From George Hill being 25th pick in the draft, then got traded. He was on a good San Antonio team. Lance who was a second round pick, Paul a lottery pick, but can't believe certain guys went ahead of him... David West felt like people took money out of his pocket, and myself being 17th pick and Joe Alexander being taken before me in the draft." Indianapolis Star

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Big men are often funny, rarely fiery, but Hibbert is both. Now 290 pounds, he is as comfortable with his weight as his height and unafraid to toss it around. He feuds with Golden State's David Lee, and he won't wear a sleeve over his left arm, despite bursitis in his elbow, because Dwight Howard wears one. He called the Pacers "awful" and "soft" after a win last season over the Hawks. He was fined in the playoffs for cursing at reporters and using a homophobic slur. "That was such dumb s-- I said," he laments. He writes messages on post-it notes that he sticks to his bathroom mirror, including one that reads, I'M THE BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER. Whether the fuel flows from his freshman year at Georgetown or his early days in Indiana, he is finished taking punishment. The time has come to mete it out. SI.com

Vogel explained to Hibbert the NBA's principle of verticality, which allows a defender to jump straight up and absorb contact from a ballhandler, as long as he establishes a legal defensive position before leaving the ground and remains vertical in the air. The principle defies conventional wisdom -- drivers are taught in YMCAs everywhere that they can draw fouls by creating contact with moving defenders -- but it is indeed part of league rules. Vogel designed a drill with Hibbert stationed in the paint, forward Jeff Foster at the top of the key, and swingman Brandon Rush in the left corner. It ended with Rush driving to the hoop in a two-on-one with Foster. "They weren't allowed to shoot any jumpers or floaters," Hibbert says. "They had to attack the rim and I had to get three stops in a row without fouling. It was the most frustrating thing. I'd throw up the ball. I'd tell them I couldn't do it. But that's how I learned the straight-up." SI.com

There are no statistics to measure straight-ups, but Indiana is holding teams to 41.3% shooting, the league's lowest clip in 10 years. The Pacers' other defenders are no slouches, but Hibbert is the most vital. According to NBA.com, players are converting just 41.4% of shots against him at the rim, a figure unmatched by any top center. He appears personally offended when somebody actually scores, cocking his head, rolling his eyes and muttering expletives. "A lot of times I'll go body-to-body with a big guy, and I can either get the foul or get to the rim," says Isaiah Thomas, the Kings' point guard. "But because he goes straight up, you can't get the foul, and it's really hard to shoot the ball over him." Thomas is 5' 9". Next to Hibbert he looks like he's standing at the base of the Grand Canyon. "You either have to pull up midrange," Thomas says, "or you have to go with the floater." SI.com

A World Wrestling Entertainment event came to Washington in 2001, and 14-year-old Roy Hibbert bought tickets with his friends from Georgetown Preparatory School. "We got the foam fingers and the Rock T-shirts and everything," Hibbert remembers. In the crowd he spotted 19-year-old Kwame Brown, the Wizards' freshly minted No. 1 draft pick. Hibbert left his buddies to introduce himself. There is a difference between a tall teenager and a tall teenager who is a basketball prospect, and as Hibbert approached, Brown appraised him. "He looked me up and down," Hibbert says, "and then he walked away." SI.com

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