Posted June 04, 2013

Pacers’ Roy Hibbert heads straight for locker room after Game 7 loss to Heat

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Roy Hibbert headed straight for the locker room Monday after the Pacers’ 99-76 loss to the Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, bypassing any congratulatory handshakes or hugs.

The Indianapolis Star reported that Hibbert didn’t mean any disrespect to the Heat with his quick exit.

“I know some of our guys have played on teams with some of them, but I don’t know them personally,” Hibbert explained. “It was their moment because they won. I have tremendous respect for them, but I don’t know any of those guys personally and I didn’t want to interrupt their moment.”

A number of Pacers players, including All-Star forward Paul George and guard Lance Stephenson, exchanged handshakes with members of the Heat after the final buzzer.

After faring well against LeBron James for much of the series, Hibbert said the 2013 MVP was simply too much to handle in the series-clinching victory.

“It was Game 7, he turned it on,” Hibbert said of James, who finished with a game-high 32 points, eight rebounds and four assists. “Those guys have been battle-tested. Unfortunately we lost, but they’ve been through it before, and I think all their guys were making the right plays and making game-winning plays, because they’ve been through it before.”

Still, Hibbert is part of an Indiana core that is well-positioned to make multiple deep playoff runs. He signed a four-year extension with the Pacers last summer, joining fellow starters George, Stephenson and George Hill, who are all under contract through next season. David West, the fifth piece of the puzzle, indicated Monday that he wants to re-sign with Indiana in free agency this summer.

“It’s unfortunate we lost, but I couldn’t be prouder of this team,” Hibbert said. “We pushed each other in practice every day. We tried to get better every possession during the game. The future is bright.”

Hibbert finished with 18 points (on 7-for-11 shooting) and eight rebounds in 38 minutes. He was a major force on the defensive end throughout the series, particularly in Indiana’s three victories, but found himself in foul trouble during Game 7. This summer, the 7-foot-2 center said he will turn his attention to improving his quickness.

“Every summer I try to work on something different, whether it was cutting weight or putting on weight,” he said. “But I think this summer I really have to work on foot speed. I think I do a good job of protecting the paint, but when I have to guard bigs that are on the perimeter that can hit shots and then can put it on the ground, I think I falter a little bit there.”

Hibbert was fined $75,000 by the NBA for using “inappropriate and vulgar language” during his news conference after Indiana’s Game 6 victory on Saturday.

The Heat advance to face San Antonio in the NBA Finals. Game 1 is Thursday in Miami.

10 comments
Joe R2
Joe R2

What's the big deal?  LeBron never shakes hands after he loses either.  It happens.... Players are upset and sometimes the last thing you want to do is talk to the guys that just knocked you out.  Why be fake and say "good luck" or whatever.  Some guys do it, some don't. 

Snaperhead
Snaperhead

RH uses a homophobic slur and calls the media motherf...s during his press conference and his coach comes out and says he's a real class act and then he walks away like a classic crybaby, while all the Indy fans are calling the Mia Heat thug's and bought. The classy organization here is not the Indiana Pacers that's obvious.

Poison_Dart
Poison_Dart

Hibbert is a bit of a simpleton... a bumbling simpleton. He has to keep reminding himself that "YEAH, WE GOT EACH OTHER'S BACK, AND WE BAD!"  kind of bravado news conferences. The fact is he is a middle of the road guy who is very tall and gets lucky playing a softer than ice cream Chris Bosh, another simpleton who comes up before game 7 and says , yeah, I am going to play hard, blah blah blah. Where was Bosh, what planet. He was chicken manure, letting Hibbert push him around and melting away. And Hibbert probably thought, oh wow, I AM AN ANIMAL.... he wroe it on his shoe to tell himself that yeah. 

GOOD LUCK SIMPLETON ROY HIBBERT... You will not play soft ice cream like Bosh every t day in the NBA. I guess if you did play Bosh for 82 games you would be all world.... NOW BUT WAIT... what happened in game 7 when Hibbert could not keep up with the pace of the game and even creamy bean pole Bosh was outrebounding Simpleton Hibbert?

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

He's a great player and he's going to be a top 5 big man in the league going forward, but Hibbert also seems to have some maturity issues.

First there was him whining about Battier's dirty knee-jab.  Yes, it was dirty.  But in that situation, you don't want your team to be the one that publicly flinches first and complains about fouls.  The Pacers wanted and needed to be the bully team in this series, and the Heat the soft team... but that script was basically flipped for, and it started with Hibbert not being able to hold his tongue on twitter.

Then, even worse, was that stupid tirade thrown at the media after the Game 6 triumph, whining about the DPoY voting.  There's a reason Hibbert wasn't voted for -- in contrast to these playoffs, he struggled for large parts of the regular season.  Totally childish of him to not acknowledge that... and its as if he thought that his team having just won a big game would give him license to simply rewrite history.  Delusional is the word.

And now, this.  Like it or not, the Heat beat the Pacers fair and square.  The Pacers even got more free-throws than the Heat from the refs in 6 of 7 games.  But he won't shake hands?  Cry some more, Roy.  Maybe you shouldn't have let beanpole Chris Bosh get the better of you off the glass in Game 7 (how did THAT happen?).

goingaways
goingaways

He probably thought everyone would think he was gay if he shook hands with another man! But hey then he could always be a genius and say NOHOMO!!!

Joe R2
Joe R2

@Snaperhead 

It isn't the Heat either...  I guess both teams are classless

jojustinoxford
jojustinoxford

@Poison_Dart You sound very similar to a politician on lsd babbling about the courage to take on the pharmaceutical industry!

newshamg
newshamg

@Poison_Dart Are you really so lacking a life of meaning you feel the need to blather on like a 14 year old child? Oh - you very well maybe a 14 year old kid.

jojustinoxford
jojustinoxford

@leehwgoc When one other member of the Heat, in addition to LBJ of course, gets in double digits, good things happen.  Last night, Wade complimented LBJ, and in turn, Ray Allen got in on the act, Chalmers was consistent, everyone else fell into place, the double teams got to Hibbert's head, and in turn, Bosh was able to get the better of Hibbert off the glass.