HoopsHype Roy Hibbert rumors

May 7, 2014 Updates

Through Jan. 31, Hibbert was posting his customary numbers – 12.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks per game – for a team that was 35-10. After Bynum was signed, Hibbert averaged 9.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. He’s been worse in Indiana’s eight playoff games so far: 4.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 blocks. And the Pacers have gone 25-20. Bringing Bynum aboard rankled Hibbert, a source told NBA.com, when coach Frank Vogel ran plays to get Bynum involved offensively that he rarely calls for Hibbert. NBA.com

Hibbert said he met with the coaches, reviewed film and has to “change my game plan up a little bit.” That includes being more aggressive, getting position in the post and then converting when the ball is thrown his way. It’s not all on him. His number wasn’t called at all on Monday and in turn, he only attempted two shots. Nonetheless, the biggest impact he needs to make is on the defensive end. NBA.com

May 6, 2014 Updates

Hibbert, who again had little to say to reporters following Tuesday's practice, acknowledged this much: He's never faced this frustrating a stretch in his career. "But I'm a professional," Hibbert said. "And I need to figure it out." USA Today Sports

Following a zero-point, zero-rebound performance in a 102-96 Game 1 loss to the Washington Wizards, All-Star center Roy Hibbert was pulled aside by teammates David West and Rasual Butler, according to a report by the team's website. Though the team's site described West as "fuming" and "as heated as he's ever been," all parties declined to comment on the conversation that took place. West did however tell reporters that the team plans to "keep encouraging" Hibbert and that Hibbert has to "be a part of the fight." ESPN.com

“Me and Roy Hibbert had the same amount of points and rebounds tonight,” Tracy McGrady joked on Twitter. The seven-time All-Star forward retired last year and is now pursuing a career in minor-league baseball. SI.com

Three-time All-Star Gilbert Arenas, who hasn’t played in the NBA since 2012, posted a photoshop of Hibbert holding up a piece of paper with two zeroes on it to his Instagram account. “I made the All-Star [Game] but through 3 quarters these are my stats,” the caption read. The photo has since been deleted. SI.com

This was what the Pacers wanted, the style of play they wanted to face in this Eastern Conference semifinal. They were frothing at the mouth at the prospect of facing another muscular heavyweight, a chance to show off why they were second in the NBA in defensive rebounding position. Especially Roy Hibbert, who was rendered invisible by the Hawks' perimeter-loving big man. Well, they got what they asked for. They got it right in the mouth. "They just out-fought us,'' David West said, shaking his head. USA Today Sports

May 5, 2014 Updates

Alex Kennedy: Remember how Roy Hibbert's struggles were supposedly because of the matchup vs. ATL? He had 0 points, 0 rebounds, 5 fouls in Game 1 vs. WAS. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

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