HoopsHype Roy Hibbert rumors

November 24, 2013 Updates

Center Roy Hibbert, who was quite vocal during the playoffs about the Pacers’ perceived lack of respect, said the team increased its work ethic after seeing what it needed to do to reach the next level. “We’re focused. We’re ready to work, we’re going to be a really good team,” said Hibbert. “We want to stay focused, build off of last year, but also we want to win a championship, and we’ve got a lot of work to do. “You have to work. We have to go about our business the right way every single time, getting rebounds, being focused and mentally preparing for all games — so we have a different approach this year, a little bit older, more experienced. Boston Globe

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Greg Oden has yet to be active for a game this season as the Heat are being very cautious with the health of the big man. They are essentially saving Oden for the second half of the season and postseason, hoping he can provide some resistance to Indiana’s Roy Hibbert in the paint. Oden is never going to regain his Ohio State form after having multiple knee surgeries but could help Miami in short minutes Boston Globe

November 16, 2013 Updates

Friday, All-Star voting began and will run through Jan. 20. The Pacers’ core six — the starters plus Danny Granger — are on the ballot. “If it happens, it happens,” Hibbert said of his desire to be a second-time All-Star. “My thing at the beginning of the summer was put on size so I could get in there. I want to be Defensive Player of the Year. Whatever happens with All-Stars happens. I never thought I’d be an All-Star when I got to the league. I have one under my belt. If it happens, I’m happy. But I don’t think about that.” Pacers.com

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No other team this season comes close to having three big men in that scoring category. "(Coach Frank) Vogel, as well as the players, understand their strengths, so he gets them the ball where they can have the most success," the scout said. "It's a simple game when you do that. West and Scola are great pick-and-pop bigs. Hibbert is primarily a deep roll man but can make the 15-footer. Pick your poison." Bleacher Report

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Drummond stands 6-foot-10 and weighs 270 pounds. Pacers center Roy Hibbert is 7-2 and 290. They fought for position and bumped and bruised one another in an old-school exchange that would have made Bill Laimbeer proud. It was a wonderful inside battle that reminded you of the 1970s and 1980s in the NBA, when giant gladiators fought for position in the paint. There were some jabs during the game, but Hibbert saved the biggest one for after. “To tell you the truth I was a fan of his until tonight,” Hibbert said Tuesday. “He is a real good prospect, but it seemed like he was running his mouth a little bit tonight. He has a tremendous future, but I was a fan of his. I thought he was supposed to have a breakout year this year. Best of luck to him. He can dunk the ball real well and he can block shots and he can rebound. He is going to have a bright future — but I was a fan of his.” Detroit News

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It’s easy to watch that video and shrug off the fact that a pro athlete can do something as seemingly basic as a push-up, but Robertson is quick to point out that at 7-foot-2, doing that type of exercise is no simple feat. “It’s incredibly hard. You gotta think like every inch you add to somebody’s body means more leverage and more body weight to control,” he says. “The analogy I like to use is holding a sledgehammer. If you hold a sledgehammer really close to the end it’s really simple. But the farther you move back, there’s more and more torque on that sledgehammer that you’re trying to control.” Grantland

It is those boring, uninspiring exercises that are secretly fueling Hibbert’s improvement as an athlete. By focusing heavily on mobility and stability, Hibbert isn't just improving his strength and power, he's lessening the chance of being hit by nagging injuries — assuming he stays diligent with his in-season maintenance lifting. “It’s not going to be the A-roll when people are looking to make a training video,” says Robertson, when talking about exercises like the ones in the montage above. "It’s the stuff that I know as a performance coach will translate to him moving and feeling better on the court.” Grantland

"I think that you saw the flaws in the Miami Heat last year, (specifically) their lack of size," Barkley said. "And I think the key to me is going to be (free agent center addition) Greg Oden. If he gives them physical size, it's going to be very difficult to beat the team. But that's their real weakness — size. Every big guy they play against just dominates them. I think it really, to me, it depends on what Oden has left in the tank. "You saw last year, where first of all they shouldn't have won the championship — San Antonio just flat out blew it, but you see how (Indiana Pacers center) Roy Hibbert, (San Antonio forward) Tim Duncan had flashbacks. When they play against big guys man, they just get dominated." USA Today Sports

October 7, 2013 Updates

After the Indiana Pacers' preseason debut Saturday night, when center Roy Hibbert looked scattered offensively and made four of 14 shots, the big man still earned approval. "At 290 (pounds), I'm moving a little better than I was at 275," Hibbert said while adjusting his leather coat. He turned to his locker neighbor, Paul George. "Think so, P? I'm moving a little better than I was last year?" "Yeah," George agreed. USA Today Sports

Nevertheless, while he displayed glimpses of the summer work, one night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse did not fully reveal Hibbert's overall improvement. "I worked all summer on my pick-and-pop and turn-and-face," Hibbert said, mentioning specific low-post moves. "I didn't use the pick-and-pop that much. I made some bad decisions, but I think the turn-and-face (toward the basket) opened up a lot for me. So I think the first half, I tried to utilize that. "It was the first game and I wish I could've done more, but everybody has a second chance." USA Today Sports

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