HoopsHype Roy Hibbert rumors

April 1, 2014 Updates

If you thought Indiana's win over Miami last Wednesday restored order among the Pacers, got them out of their latest post All-Star break funk, got them pointed back in the right direction, you had to wait only 48 hours before the Pacers marched into the wall again. "Some selfish dudes in here," Roy Hibbert muttered Friday night, after getting eight shots in the Pacers' loss to the Wizards. "Some selfish dudes. I'm tired of talking about it. We've been talking about it for a month." NBA.com

But the frustrations in the locker room are real. They stem from the belief that the Pacers have gotten away from being an inside-out power team last season into a perimeter-oriented team this season. "When I first got here, it was a perimeter team with [Mike] Dunleavy, Granger -- Danny, and Troy Murphy," Hibbert said. "Then, we got D-West. We were gonna be a power post team, wear guys out. But that's how things are in the NBA. Things change. It is what it is." NBA.com

"We play hard, but we've got to move the ball," Hibbert said. "Is it obvious, or what? I don't know whatever our assist ratio, or whatever it is, is in the league, but it probably isn't up there. I'm really trying hard not to spaz out right now, but I don't know. We've been talking about it for a month. I'm not handling the rock. I don't know. I've made suggestions before and we do it for, like, one game, and then we revert back to what we are. I don't know. I'm not the one to answer that question. It directly affects me and the bigs. We're just out there and it makes us look bad." NBA.com

For the first time all year, the Pacers are in second place, behind the Heat, in the race for the No. 1 seed. That was their vociferously stated goal from Day One. Now they've thrown it away, and they've done it at a time when the Heat has had its own struggles. "Good for them (the Heat),'' Roy Hibbert said dourly. "We don't deserve it. Good for them. Whoever we see in the playoffs, we'll see, but we've got to figure things out…But we don't deserve the No. 1 seed.'' Indianapolis Star

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LeBron James was called for a Flagrant I foul on an offensive foul against Roy Hibbert. James’ elbow hit Hibbert in the jaw and sent him to the locker room for examination. [James, on that play: “I made a basketball jump. If I could jump in the air, elbow somebody in the face in the air and still try to finish a play, I must be a Kung Fu master or something. His face happened to hit my elbow or my elbow happened to hit his face.”] Palm Beach Post

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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

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