Posted June 02, 2013

Pacers’ Roy Hibbert profanely rips media over Defensive Player of the Year voting

2013 NBA playoffs, Ben Golliver, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Roy Hibbert
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Roy Hibbert and the Pacers prevailed in Game 6 against the Heat. (Issac Baldizon/Getty Images)

Pacers center Roy Hibbert had a simple, direct explanation for why he finished 10th in this year’s Defensive Player of the Year voting: The media members who vote for the award weren’t paying sufficient attention to his small-market team.

“You know what, because y’all m—–f—— don’t watch us play throughout the year, to tell you the truth,” Hibbert said during a televised news conference after Indiana’s 91-77 victory over Miami in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday. “That’s fine. I’m going to be real with you. And I don’t care if I get fined. You know what, we play, we’re not on TV all the time. Reporters are the ones that are voting. And it is what it is. If I don’t make it, that’s fine. I’m still going to do what I have to do.”

Pacers forward Paul George, seated next to Hibbert, added: “Well said.”

Update: Hibbert issued an apology in a statement from the Pacers on Sunday, noting that “the language I used definitely has no place in a public forum.”

Grizzlies center Marc Gasol was named Defensive Player of the Year in April. Heat forward LeBron James finished second, followed by, in order, Serge Ibaka, Joakim Noah, Tony Allen, Tim Duncan, Larry Sanders, George and Andre Iguodala.

Hibbert was also left off the All-Defensive teams, in favor of Knicks center Tyson Chandler and Bulls center Joakim Noah, who both were voted to the first team, and Gasol, who made the second team. The Point Forward highlighted Hibbert as one of the biggest All-Defensive snubs.

Indiana led the NBA in defensive efficiency (points allowed per possession) this season. Hibbert averaged 11.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.

The Defensive Player of the Year award is voted by the media; the All-Defensive teams are voted on by the NBA’s coaches.

James was also upset that he didn’t win Defensive Player of the Year, according to the Palm Beach Post.

“It sucks,” James said. “It sucks. It sucks.”

James was asked if his candidacy for other awards — notably the MVP — hurt his chances. “I don’t know,” James said. “It definitely sucks, though. Finishing second? Who wants to finish second?”

Was this his best defensive season? “Probably,” James said. “I mean, I guard everybody on the floor. I don’t know if there’s one player in NBA history who’s guarded one through five (positions). It’s over with now, but that’s cool.”

It was a particularly eventful press conference for Hibbert, who also used a homophobic slang term in explaining his help defense on James. Hibbert also apologized for those remarks, calling them “insensitive” and “disrespectful.”

The Heat and Pacers are now tied at three games apiece. Game 7 is Monday in Miami.

37 comments
Boyd
Boyd

He's right!!!

What a joke the NBA is! It took a gay slure, for the media to finally cover Indy!

In the NCAA tournament, the underdog is hyped! In the NBA, the underdog is thrown under the bus!!! ALL coverage is about our supposed KING!!!

No wonder why NBA TV ratings are pathetic...

plansmaker
plansmaker

The NBA Defensive Player of Year is nothing, nothing more than a beauty contest every year.

I am glad Pacers proved the point that they are better team than the Heat, this years.

RenoNoone
RenoNoone

ESPN = Mean Gene Okerlund

SI = "Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart

David Stern = Vince McMahon

NBA = WWE

Dan, White Sox Fan
Dan, White Sox Fan

Most of the country's fans have got to be hoping Mr."Taking my talents to South Beach", and his band of whiners get creamed in game 7. Go Pacers!!!!!!

m.guszak
m.guszak

Probably should not have used profanity, but I agree with what he said. 

AlexandriaPuffington
AlexandriaPuffington

" I don’t know if there’s one player in NBA history who’s guarded one through five" How about Dennis Rodman who made his career out of guarding everyone on the court...not so long ago,

RySenkari
RySenkari

I REALLY hope the NBA doesn't suspend him for this, David Stern must be foaming at the mouth to screw the Pacers out of the series and now he's got the perfect excuse. I'll never watch another NBA game if they suspend Hibbert.

chemtutorwv
chemtutorwv

Lebron is a truly garbage one on one defender and average overall defender for his position--how he got to be known as a great defensive player (obviously ESPN/NIKE infused) is beyond me

SteveStevGreekyKromray
SteveStevGreekyKromray

I have no idea how Marc Gasol won DPOY. The guy wasn't in the top 10 in blocks, rebounds or steals. He finished 12th in blocks, 32nd in rebounds and 83rd in steals.....thats the defensive player of the year?? What a joke

geewhiz
geewhiz

This guy is a bawse.  I love it

fry305
fry305

@nature boy ric f.  

The hardest working, most disciplined, defensive and in shape team. That's the Heat M.O. Not sure where "Sissies" came from?  I guess from wherever you're from?

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

@m.guszak If he hadn't used profanity, they wouldn't have made a story out of it though.  Good use of profanity in my opinion.

Mix
Mix

@AlexandriaPuffington Magic guarded everyone. He payed center for the Lakers on a few occassions also.

Won a title doing so.

John64
John64

@RySenkari   They're not going to suspend him. They might fine him, but they won't suspend him.

fry305
fry305

@chemtutorwv  

I don't think this chick that made the comment has ever played b-bal or watched LeBron James play. He just reads.

SportingParagon
SportingParagon

Gotta watch the games to understand. Marc Gasol prevents and disrupts more offensive sets than any player in the league. A guy who doesn't even allow you to get into position for the shot you want is better than the guy who sacrifices position to go for the hero block half the time. Gasol is easily the most cerebral defensive big man (and arguably player) in the league. And that's why Memphis ranked #1 in the NBA in opponents points per game (and top 5 in almost every other significant defensive category). Forget blocks and total rebounds; I want the guy who gives up the fewest points per game. That's what defense is all about. And That's why he won DPOY.

NadaSheeple
NadaSheeple

@SteveStevGreekyKromray just like Chandler did last year when Howard was leading in most categories... Howard is an @$$ but he still should of won for his 4th yr in a row...

RockLancaster
RockLancaster

@Mix @AlexandriaPuffington Huh?  Johnson never made the All-Defensive team even once, he was just another guy on defense.  If he'd been guarding everyone, they would have been in the lottery.

Mix
Mix

@dreynolds48941 @chemtutorwv LeBron had trouble with Paul Pierce each time they played. He has game but name alone doesn't give you the award. Kobe played GREAT defense. 


SteveStevGreekyKromray
SteveStevGreekyKromray

@SportingParagon While I think you make a valid point, Indiana was also near the top of the rankings defensively in most categories as well. Also, Indiana finished not even a full point behind Memphis in points allowed so it isn't as if there was this massive gap. Yes, breaking up plays counts but so does being the guy who saves points by backing up a teammate when someone gets past them and blocking or altering the shot. I knwo Gasol is good, Im not arguing that, but I think Hibbert and even Lebron were both more deserving of the DPOY. Just my opinion