Indiana Pacers Rumors
Me: Were you surprised that Larry was so pointed in his assessment of the season and your role going forward — which was to say, a much smaller role? Roy Hibbert: Larry says what’s on his mind. He doesn’t hold his tongue. Things happen. Like I said, I enjoyed my time there in Indy. You just have gotta move on, get ready for the next chapter…Larry was very up front with me. He said before the press conference that I can’t promise you minutes next year, and they wanted to go in a different direction. So it wasn’t like what happened came out of nowhere, what he said. I’ll always say that Larry changed my life. I was on the phone with my agent in the office during the (2009) Draft process and Larry said ‘If Roy’s there at 17, we’ll take him.’ That meant a lot to me. I know that things change and the NBA is “What have you done for me lately?”, but I could never say a bad thing about Larry or the Pacers’ organization.
Me: What did it mean to you to have David West have your back so publicly? RH: It meant a lot. We talked all the time throughout the year. I kind of took a step back and didn’t read the media. After the year I took the usual month off. And obviously seeing what he said, we talked. I won’t go into great detail about what we talked about, but it felt good. We’ve talked a lot about the business side of the NBA. I know why he said it, and I know why Larry said what he had to say.
Finally, Patrick concluded the interview by asking Bird if he could take his old friend and current Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one. Bird joked that he’d wear a Hickory uniform for the contest before revealing who he thought would come out on top. “Boy, that’d be a good game,” Bird said. “God, I hate to admit this, but he’d kill me.”