Roy Hibbert Rumors

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Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
Position: -
Born: 12/11/86
Height: 7-2 / 2.18
Weight:278 lbs. / 126.1 kg.
Earnings: $70,680,193 ($77,407,293*)
Etan Thomas: “What happened with Roy Hibbert? He was doing well and then it just went south.” David West: “It was a mental thing. It was all mental. Roy played basketball a lot of years because he was big. He was made to play, and then he developed a love for the game much later — and actually, it wasn’t until he was in the NBA that he really got a love for the game. In Indy, we had it situated perfectly. And for him, Frank [Vogel] is the most positive [person]; he’s gonna coach you up regardless of what you’re doing. He’s gonna coach you up, and that’s what Roy needed. He had Roy playing the best basketball of his career, and that was all Frank. Because there were games where big fella was out of it; his timing was off and he got into a couple bad funks, but Frank was able to keep him steady.
“What happened with Roy Hibbert? He was doing well and then it just went south.” David West: “It was a mental thing. It was all mental. Roy played basketball a lot of years because he was big. He was made to play, and then he developed a love for the game much later — and actually, it wasn’t until he was in the NBA that he really got a love for the game. In Indy, we had it situated perfectly. And for him, Frank [Vogel] is the most positive [person]; he’s gonna coach you up regardless of what you’re doing. He’s gonna coach you up, and that’s what Roy needed. He had Roy playing the best basketball of his career, and that was all Frank. Because there were games where big fella was out of it; his timing was off and he got into a couple bad funks, but Frank was able to keep him steady. “
Do you think social media was a part of that? David West: “Yeah. I used to be on him about that shit. Like, ‘Yo, don’t even look at that shit.’ But it was hard because at the same time… one thing that I will say about social media is as much as you have to, as a player, ignore it, everybody else is telling you, ‘This is where you’ve gotta market yourself! This is where you’ve gotta brand yourself.’ Your agent, your marketing people, the teams are telling you that you have to have a presence on social media, but then [they’re also] like, ‘Ignore what’s being said on social media.’ It’s a very tough balance for players to deal with. I used to be like, ‘Roy, we don’t even know who these people are. It’s fine. Let them say what they say.’ But, those things wore him down.”