HoopsHype Roy Hibbert rumors

May 9, 2014 Updates
May 8, 2014 Updates

With Hibbert at the focus of all things, the Pacers returned to a strong baseline of defensive effort — limiting the Wizards to four second-chance points, 23.8% shooting from three-point range and only a single fastbreak point. Hibbert finished with two blocks and earned the spotlight alone on the podium in the postgame, but knew he had help getting there. "My teammates were great," Hibbert said. "They had a lot of trust and I appreciate those guys a lot. In spite of whatever ups and downs I have, they always have my back. "I just want to string some new games together. Consistency hasn't been my biggest friend this year, so I'm going to try to continue to play aggressive. I'm going to try to control the things that I can control. I can't control play calls. I can control how hard I play, how fast I run down the court, how I play defense and just try to be a team player." USA Today Sports

Hibbert didn't celebrate his redemption. Nor did he fire back at his growing army of critics. Actually, for a guy who's had his share of controversial postgame quotes, he was as bland as could be. “I just haven’t been aggressive as I should’ve been in the past and you have to look within yourself to make things happen,” he said to explain the outburst that had occurred on the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court. “I felt that I put a lot of pressure on myself to get going and I don’t want to get into to excuses. I think I was making a lot of excuses throughout the second half of the season and during the playoffs. I’m excited to take it into my own hands and change it around.” NBA.com

Hibbert had complained about not having a greater role in the offense earlier in the season, but sounded like a reformed man on Wednesday. No “selfish dudes” in this game. His current stance is that it's up to him to establish position near the basket and make it possible for teammates to get him the ball where he can score. And if it doesn't happen, that's OK, too. “When they try to get the ball in to me sometimes, it takes a lot of time out of the shot clock to get (a shot),” he said. “Coach (Frank Vogel) and myself talked at great length after the last game. I was in his office for like an hour. We chit-chatted and I told him, ‘I don’t really need plays called for me. I’ll just defend on one end and rebound, block shots, and then I’ll try to be the first big down the court before the defense settles to be able to make a move. I'll let the other guys get most of the plays called, but I’m fine just trying to work. I'm adjusting to that more as opposed to wanting a play called for myself.” NBA.com

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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