ALL BALL NERVE CENTER – If you didn’t know that Pacers center Roy Hibbert has a fantastic sense of humor, you must have missed his appearance last summer on the Hang Time Podcast, where big Roy joined me, NBA.com’s Sekou Smith, and his BFF, writer/comedian Chelsea Peretti, who is one of the greats. We discussed many things, including, if I’m not mistaken, Chelsea’s suggestion that Roy should at some point wear a monocle to a postgame press conference. Perhaps I am just projecting, but it feels like something we mentioned very briefly.
For certain, however, Peretti and Hibbert had a public talk about monocles last year, when Roy called in on episode 9 of Chelsea’s podcast. A discussion about Power Rangers evolved (or devolved) into a conversation about NBA Style.
“All these guys wearing, like, skinny jeans,” Hibbert said, “and glasses with no frames in it, stuff like that, that’s a thing of the past. I’m going to start something new here.”
After Chelsea urged Hibbert to start an NBA ponytail trend, Hibbert agreed, although with a caveat:
“I say a ponytail, but you have to have some sort of eyewear. I’m going with a monocle. I’ll be the first one to rock a monocle like Mr. Peanut, or whoever. Like the Monopoly guy.”
Roy apparently came close over the weekend…until he chickened out…
Brilliant stuff from Hibbert. And upon hearing the news, I immediately alerted Peretti, who responded with her typical measured excitement…
Last night, I reached out to Chelsea to see if she wished Roy had worn it.
“Very much so,” she responded.
Don’t we all.