Posts Tagged ‘Roy Hibbert’

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.”

(via TNLP)

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.

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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!

Roy Hibbert Sticks Up for Anthony Bennett

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers used the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft to select Anthony Bennett out of UNLV. This was considered something of a surprise — even though there was no real consensus number one overall prospect, Bennett was not being projected by many experts as the top pick.

It was thought that the Cavs drafted Bennett hoping for an immediate contributions, yet as of today he was averaging just 2.8 points per game, to go along with 2.5 rebounds per game. So last week when Bennett had a 15-point, 8-rebound game against the New Orleans Pelicans, many wondered if Bennett was finally breaking out and showing why the Cavs drafted him first overall. Was this just an aberration? Was Bennett just having one good game? (In the two games after his big night, he scored a combined 6 points.)

Someone out there took to Photoshop to poke fun at Bennett’s big game by crossing it with the iconic image of Wilt Chamberlain after he scored 100. And that’s when Pacers big man Roy Hibbert got involved. Hibbert himself had something of a slow rise to prominence in the NBA, averaging 7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as a rookie, but through hard work and dedication has been able to turn himself into an All-Star center and dominant defender.

And as Hibbert explained, it’s still way too early to judge Bennett…

(via B/R)

Roy Hibbert Videobombs ESPN Announcers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Miami Heat have made a habit of videobombing each other during their courtside postgame interviews following wins. I haven’t seen any footage of the Heat players videobombing anyone following last night’s win against the Pacers, but at some point after the game, Pacers big man Roy Hibbert videobombed the ESPN announcers taping an NBA Countdown segment. And after being invited onto the set by Sage Steele, Hibbert grabbed a mic and dropped some strong opinions…on Stephen A. Smith‘s hair.
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VIDEO: Hibbert videobombs ESPN

Indiana Pacers Have Terrible, Awful, No Good, Very Bad Travel Day

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On Tuesday earlier this week, I took a flight from New York City to Los Angeles. When we all gathered at the gate to get on the plane, we had to wait a while for the plane to arrive from its earlier flight. Once the plane arrived and we all boarded and got settled, the pilot came on and told us we would be delayed because they were having problems refueling the plane. Once they finally solved that problem, the pilot came back and told us that we’d have to wait to take off because we were deep in the line of planes waiting for clearance. And then we got switched to a different runway and had to go wait in that line. (Note to any pilots out there: If you begin an announcement to the people on your plane by saying, “When it’s going wrong, everything goes wrong,” before the plane is even in the air, it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. Just saying.)

On Wednesday, the Indiana Pacers won at Utah, and then had a late-night flight scheduled to San Antonio, where they play on Saturday. And that’s where the drama began, as Bleacher Report’s Adam Fromal broke it all down.

First, bad weather forced their plane to land in Houston instead of San Antonio. So they decided to take a bus to San Antonio.

Second, the bus broke down on the way to San Antonio.

Third, they stopped for food and What-A-Burger was closed.

Fourth, the bus started working but the defroster on the bus stopped working.

Fifth, the defroster started working but the bus temperature rose exponentially.

Sixth, and perhaps most troubling, Pacers guard C.J. Watson locked himself in the bus bathroom. Luckily, Roy Hibbert captured the rescue efforts on Instagram.

The good news? The Pacers finally made it to San Antonio. The way the Pacers have been playing this season, this might be the only thing that slows them down.

(via Bleacher Report)