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Roy Hibbert didn’t like John Wall saying Pacers’ bigs were soft, tells him to enjoy lottery

Apr 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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John Wall has been attacking the rim, knocking down jumpers and generally looking like the player the Wizards were hoping to get when they drafted his as the No. 1 pick.

He played like that leading the Wizards over the Pacres Saturday then after the game said their plan was to go right at Roy Hibbert and the Pacers front line, as reported by NBA.com.

“Just coming out, we talked about it before the game that their bigs were playing soft. My bigs did a great job setting screens. I came out focused tonight and I was able to knock down shots right away.”

Hibbert did not like being called soft. So he fired back, as reported on the Pacers official blog.

“[Washington] went out there and they played hard. John Wall was determined to get around our “soft” bigs, I guess,” he said. “You have to tip your hat off to those guys. They’re changing their season around before they go fishing.

“[Wall] can say what he wants to say. He’s entitled to it. He’s a good player. We have a chance to compete for a championship. They have a chance to compete for the No.1 pick.”

Touche.

Thing is, Wall did attack successfully to the tune of 37 points. The better comeback is just to shut him down during the game.

Wall and Hibbert talked after the game and now everything is good.

  1. cakemixa - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    The Pacers aren’t competing for a championship. Lol.

    • metalhead65 - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      they have a better chance than the wizards don’t they? everything hibbert said was true. it’s the end of the year and they as usual are going nowhere but he can talk smack because he had a good game? here’s an idea how about playing that hard from day 1 of the season? oh wait you can’t because you are always injured. have fun at the lottery.

      • sire2334 - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        He wasn’t saying soft as in calling them that. He was saying they were playing him soft as in loose or soft coverage…

      • bigbenh8tr - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        Hibbert is softer than any big I’ve ever seen avg over 10 pts a game. It’s a shame that some of these guys are so talented but have to be forced to play aggressively or with anger. Neither has a chance at the finals because we all know what Indiana does in the playoffs

    • andyhr17 - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      They’re not? They have the third best record in the East. Oh, that’s right. I forgot that they’re skipping the playoffs this year and just giving the title to the Heat.

  2. dombili - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Good reporting as usual. Too bad you forgot to mention that Hibbert and Wall talked about this already via twitter and cleared the air.

    That conversation took place 14 hours ago: https://twitter.com/Hoya2aPacer/status/321389975109263360

    You reported this 10 mins ago.

  3. emosnar - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    I’m afraid these Pacers just may not be mature enough to effectively compete for a title this year. Last year’s chance was better only because they had Danny Granger with them. To claim to have tired legs at this point in the season while other Playoff teams are ramping up and playing chess at this time of year (Carmelo, Durant exploding, Miami resting/chillin) proves it. Not yet this season has this team consistently beat teams they knowingly should beat (teams under .500) like these Wizards, At this point I would be afraid to see the Pacers play the Bucks in the first round. There tough mentality only last 3 qtrs and then what I feel is the necessary bully-push around edge they sometimes carry on the court goes silent against teams like NY, BOS, and MIA. As you can see from Hibbert above, they can’t even trash talk right. Smh. Yep this team needs another year. I just don’t know what upgrade move they need to make next year though (maybe the coach)…. they are going to have to do it, simple as that, maturity, consistency, focus and leadership ALL 4 QUARTERS. GO PACERS dammit!

    • metalhead65 - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      they sure have been mentally weak this year in beating both the heat and the knicks right? they will be fine for the playoffs and if they go up on the heat like last year they will not choke this time.

      • emosnar - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        Yeah they actually have, you’re only good as your last game. And to be mentally weak, lazy and make excuses of tired legs against at team like Washington is language you wont hear from real contenders.

    • davidly - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      Miami lost to the Wizards, too.

  4. emosnar - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    And quit worrying about who the f*&k is in the stands! Focus and play ball!

  5. aboogy123456 - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Hibbert is soft. They are going to need him to dominate Miami’s very weak front line but if they play miami, he’s probably going to average only 12 points a game and they’ll lose. David West isn’t soft though.

  6. doubledown44 - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Sometimes, teams need a wakeup call and hopefully the Pacers can use this incident to their advantage. I really liked their chances midway through the season, but something’s been missing lately. This could be the trigger for them to get back where they need to be.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    The Pacers really are soft. They showed that mentally vs. Miami last year. And they simply cannot score enough to beat Miami or New York. You can’t count on defense all series, when the lone scorer you have is wildly inconsistent, and not a closer.

  8. eugenesaxe - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    It certainly isn’t Wall’s fault the Wiz are lottery-bound, they looked like an NBA team once he actually got on the court this season.

  9. badintent - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Pacers had a weak start to the season, then had a great middle part, then have been inconsistent lately. Which Pacer team shows up in the first round will be interesting. But winning 12 in a row is better, much better , this time of year.It’s called Peaking at the right time.
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