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Did the NBA move too quickly in eliminating the center position on the All-Star ballot? At least one NBA executive believes so. "I wouldn't call it a renaissance because they don't play the position quite the same way, but the position is stocked with young quality players," he said, ticking off Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan and Jonas Valanciunas coming up behind Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard, Brook Lopez, Al Jefferson, Roy Hibbert and Marc Gasol. Bleacher Report

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George, who hits shots within the restricted area at a 60% rate, made the drives to the paint appear as if he was fighting through an invisible brick wall and his below-the-rim game resulted in five missed layups and one blown tip-in dunk. Saturday night, the Pacers missed 24 of 34 shots within the restricted area and Memphis dominated with the 46-24 edge in points in the paint. "We can score," assured center Roy Hibbert, who finished with four points on five shots and no rebounds. "That's the basic thing. I think we had a lot of contested twos. Guys were trying and playing hard for some reason something was a little off." USA Today Sports

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Things haven't been right for a while. David West had sounded the alarm as far back as early February. Now, his teammates have picked up on it. And it wasn't simply the three-game slide that roused the Pacers awake, but the open communication that followed each frustrating loss. It started with a small gathering between West and Rasual Butler near the post-game spread after the heartbreaker to the Golden State Warriors. Then in Charlotte, in the back corner of the visitor's locker room, Ian Mahinmi and Roy Hibbert could be seen sitting and conversing with West. By Friday night, the conference had grown and the conversation lasted longer. Indianapolis Star

This time, at least four starters (West, Hill, Hibbert and George) as well as the coaching staff huddled inside a corner room immediately following the loss. When reporters poured into the Pacers' locker room in Houston, we could see, but not hear, the summit. West stood by the door, next to him was George, and assistant coach Dan Burke lounged on a leather armchair. Initially, Hibbert sat in front of his stall like several other players but noticed the conference going on and got up and joined. Indianapolis Star

When it comes to cars he sticks with just one, an Escalade he bought his rookie year. He had the seats adjusted (four inches back, three inches down) so his knees don’t cramp up on long drives. Hibbert admits he’d like to be able to fit into a sports car, but he doesn’t know how to drive stick. Basketball Insiders

With all these built-to-fit items, Hibbert has few wants these days — “I’m pretty content with everything I have,” he said. There is one thing, though, still on his wish list. The life size replica iron throne from the television series “Game of Thrones.” “I want it for the head of my dinner table,” Hibbert said, excitedly showing a picture of it. “My fiancée doesn’t think it’ll look good in the living room.” Basketball Insiders

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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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