Posts Tagged ‘Roy Hibbert’

Roy Hibbert witnesses policeman’s act of kindness

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It may seem like all news is bad news these days, but that isn’t exactly true. There is good news to be found out there, too, and sometimes it comes from…Roy Hibbert?

Yesterday on Instagram, Hibbert posted a photo of a policeman handing a pair of shoes to someone on the side of the road. As Hibbert wrote in the caption, “Just seen an Indy police officer pull over. Go into his trunk n give a homeless guy a pair of shiny boots. #COPS”

Later, Hibbert spoke to Buzzfeed about what he witnessed.

The homeless man shook his head in disbelief and appeared to thank the officer, Hibbert said.

“He just walked back into his car and drove away,” Hibbert said.

The officer couldn’t have known the NBA center was just a few cars away and would share the encounter to his 180,000 Instagram followers. The Pacers have also reached out to the police department to try to identify the officer; Hibbert said he’d like to give him a few tickets to show his appreciation.

At a time when the excessive force of some officers has caught headlines, Hibbert said he wanted to bring attention to the acts of good that aren’t as visible.

“Not all police officers are what you hear about in Ferguson,” he said. “This type of stuff you don’t hear about too often.”

NBA players from Georgetown give back in big way

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The list of NBA players who played their college ball at Georgetown University is long and impressive: Ewing, Mourning, Mutombo, Iverson, Hibbert. And that’s just for a start. The common thread for most of those guys, besides the University itself, is longtime coach John Thompson Jr., who coached many of them (or did his son, John Thompson III).

In the spring, Georgetown announced that it would break ground on a state-of-the-art athletics facility named for Coach Thompson. Since the announcement, several former Hoya basketball players have announced they would be donating money to help make the facility a reality. Last week, Jeff Green kicked in a million dollars, and Patrick Ewing and his longtime agent David Falk joined together to give over $3 million. And then yesterday, it was announced that Pacers center Roy Hibbert would be kicking in a million dollars as well. As Hibbert told the Washington Post, “It’s important for me to give back as much as possible. I actually gave [Thompson Jr.] a call, and then we talked for a little bit today, wished him happy birthday. He was a big part of my development at school. He always said what was on his mind. He was out pushing me to be a better player. Obviously he’s a legend.”

Nice to see these guys willing to give back in such a substantial way.

Paul George and Roy Hibbert go fishing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We know the Pacers like to go fishing — and I mean that in the literal sense, not in terms of losing during the playoffs. Last season, while stumbling through the playoffs, Pacers players Roy Hibbert, Paul George and George Hill actually went fishing to help get away from it all and have some fun.

This summer hasn’t been great for the Pacers, either. Lance Stephenson left to play in Charlotte, and Paul George suffered a compound leg fracture while playing for Team USA that will keep him out for at least the upcoming season. So how to get away from it all? Why not go fishing?

That’s what George and Hibbert did yesterday. Well, first Hibbert sat in George’s Ferrari…

Then they got in a boat and went fishing…

Hang on to your hat, Roy…

Indiana Pacers now selling fishing t-shirts

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago, when the Indiana Pacers were mired in the depths of the malaise that has plagued them throughout the postseason, Paul George took to social media to remind fans that despite their struggles, they were still a team. George, Roy Hibbert and George Hill had spent an off day going fishing, and they posted a photo of their catch…

Not much of a catch, but it’s something. And bigger picture, it represented how the Pacers were sticking together despite their issues.

Fans in Indiana have caught on to the meme, and at yesterday’s Game 1 against the Heat (which the Pacers won handily), they actually sold a t-shirt of George, Hill and Hibbert going fishing…

It’s also available at the NBA store. Smart idea to call it “Reel It In” instead of “Gone Fishing.”

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Paul George addresses Pacers haters via Twitter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Indiana Pacers have had a very public struggle the last few months. After looking like future champs for the first few months of the season, the Pacers have stumbled badly and can’t seem to find their footing. Most visible in their swoon has been Roy Hibbert, who went from an All-NBA candidate to losing his confidence, and in Game 1 against the Wizards he finished with 0 points and 0 rebounds.

Last night, Hibbert’s teammate Paul George, who has had his own struggles as well during the losing streak, stood up for both of them on Twitter, addressing rumors that the Pacers weren’t getting along. Unfortunately he did this by posting a photo of himself, Hibbert and George Hill when they were gone fishing, something that could be happening again soon if they don’t straighten things out…

Hawks’ Korver Loves Swatting 7-Footers

By Nick Margiasso IV

You know what Atlanta Hawk Kyle Korver is really good at? Right, shooting 3-pointers. You know what he’s just as good at? Right, swatting the shots of 7-footers … wait, WHAT?!?!

That’s right, in the Hawks’ Game 1 win over the Pacers, the man with the NBA’s longest 3-pointers made streak sank as many long-distance shots as he had blocks of Indiana’s Roy Hibbert. Read that again. And then watch it …

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VIDEO: Atlanta’s Kyle Korver blocks Indiana big man Roy Hibbert

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VIDEO: And then does it again

Winter Is Coming For Roy Hibbert

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Winter is coming for Pacers C Roy Hibbert, and this has nothing to do with the weather. In this case, “winter is coming” is a reference to the hit HBO show “Game Of Thrones,” which is returning to HBO for a fourth season beginning on April 6.

We already knew Hibbert was a fan of custom furniture, as he recently posted that he’d ordered a custom bed sized eight feet by nine feet — perfect for a seven-footer…

But Hibbert went deeper on the topic with BasketballInsiders.com’s Jessica Camerato, and while his entire house is basically super-sized to contain a person of his stature, there is still one thing he’d like to add, something perfect for the home of any fan of “Game Of Thrones”…a life-sized replica of the iron throne.

“I want it for the head of my dinner table,” Hibbert said. “My fiancée doesn’t think it’ll look good in the living room.”

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Luckily for Hibbert, he can order one of those thrones online for the low, low cost of $30,000.

The House of Lannister will have nothing on the House Of Hibbert.

Roy Hibbert Goes Back To School

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago, as part of the NBA’s Dream Big initiative, Indiana Pacers C Roy Hibbert channeled his inner Billy Madison and went back to elementary school. No word on whether or not Snack Pack or giant penguins were involved, but Hibbert seemed to enjoy the experience, and if nothing else he created a novel defensive strategy in dodge ball — there’s no verticality needed when you can utilize a human shield.

Hibbert took to Twitter earlier this week to remind people about the video and try to get up to one million views, so we thought we’d do our part here at All Ball to raise awareness…


VIDEO: Hibbert Goes Back To School

Roy Hibbert Gets Videobombed

By Jeff Case

The Miami Heat’s Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have seemingly had the videobombing game on lockdown since joining forces before the 2010-11 season. Heck, we’ve got plenty of proof on this very blog that few teams can videobomb like the Heat can.

This season, we’ve seen the Kings give it a try and even the First Lady, Michelle Obama, got in a nice one (which, of course, came while the Heat were visiting the White House). The team gunning for Miami in the standings, the Indiana Pacers, had one videobomb earlier this season, with Roy Hibbert pulling a little prank on the ESPN TV crew after the Heat-Pacers game in Miami from December. After last night’s Pacers-Nuggets game from Indianapolis, Hibbert got the videobomb treatment from teammates Paul George and George Hill:


VIDEO: Paul George and George Hill videobomb Roy Hibbert after the Nuggets-Pacers game

The 2013-14 All Ball YOLO All-Stars

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there’s one thing I’ve learned from attending a dozen All-Star Weekends, it’s that at its core, All-Star Weekend is about the fans. The fans actually select the starting line-ups, and fans travel from near and far to hit up Jam Session and All-Star Saturday Night and the Rising Stars Challenge and, of course, all the parties.

In some broader sense, the All-Star Game is about recognizing the best players from each conference. Sure, there are a couple of rim-rattling dunks and the occasional long-range shot that falls. And if you’re lucky, really lucky, the game is close down the stretch, and then everyone’s competitive juices kick in and you might just get a memorable finale. The main purposes of most participants in the actual All-Star Game? They wear funky uniforms, get a little run in, hang out with their buddies, and then they go back to their own teams for the stretch run and the Playoffs.

But that’s not why I’m watching the All-Star Game. And I think most people tuning in or even attending All-Star are looking to have a similar question answered: Are we not entertained? No matter what the Fun Police tell you, at All-Star weekend, nobody is looking at efficiency stats or plus/minus ratings. We want to see Shaq playing point guard. We want to see Gilbert Arenas joining the Elvis impersonators and dunking off of a trampoline. Simply put: We want the All-Star Game — and the entire weekend, really — to be fun.

So you can argue all you want about who does and who doesn’t deserve to be named to the actual Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams. Instead, I present to you my annual YOLO All-Stars. (If you didn’t know, YOLO is an acronym for You Only Live Once.) These are the guys who deserve to be All-Stars based on my own vague All Ball Blog criteria. I considered all of the following elements: hilarity; social media proficiency; general swag; likelihood the player will do something memorable; dunking/dribbling/shooting ability; previous Shaqtin’ A Fool appearances; mentions on the All Ball Blog.

To be clear, those categories are listed in no particular order, with no importance or weight to any given specific category. These are just the players I think it would be fun to see in an All-Star Game. If we want to be entertained, these are the players that will give it to us. Meet your 2013-14 NBA YOLO All-Stars…

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers — Always a blast on Twitter, and a man who appreciates good humor.
F – Chris Bosh, Miami Heat — Will be in charge of all videobombing.
F – LeBron James, Miami Heat — Not only is he a force on Twitter, which is good enough to qualify for the YOLO All-Stars, but he’s also the reigning MVP, so that wins him an invite.
G – J.R. Smith, New York Knicks — In the YOLO All-Star Game, untying shoes will be encouraged.
G – Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers — UNCLE DREW!

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks — The Greek Freak is perhaps the most unconventional athlete in the league, so you never know what he’s going to pull off next. He also loves smoothies, and with the All-Star Game being played in the newly-named Smoothie King Center, what could be more perfect?
Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors — One of my favorites on social media.
Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets — Eurostep!
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons — Will be in charge of Vine videos throughout the weekend.
Metta World Peace, New York Knicks — Still the best.
Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers — He may not have made the actual All-Star Game, but I can’t knock his hustle. Besides, he dunked on a ref, which is awesome.
Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards — Anyone with a pet snake named Snakey and a skeleton that rides a Segway is a lifetime YOLO All-Star.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Robin Lopez, Portland Trail Blazers — He’s a nerd and he’s proud of it.
F – Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves — We’ll have him making coffee for everyone.
F – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder — If LeBron is on the East, we might as well put KD on the West.
G – Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers — My favorite dribbler in the NBA.
G – James Harden, Houston Rockets — The beard is fun on its own, but Harden’s also made a heavy push into social media the last few years. Maybe he can perform at halftime.

Bench
Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers — You can’t have a YOLO game without Swaggy P.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers — Founder of #4BarFriday.
Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies — Perhaps my favorite NBA player to challenge his team owner to a game of one-on-one.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs — Broken nose and all, Bonner is always entertaining.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors — Always a candidate to dunk on someone. Or to review an episode of “Breaking Bad.”
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings — Hard not to select someone who’s nickname is “Boogie.”
JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Really the perfect player for this game.
Nate Robinson, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Go long, Nate will throw you the pineapple.

So there’s my YOLO All-Stars. Who would you put on your YOLO All-Star team? Let us know below in the comments!