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Roy Hibbert trying to find a workaround to join USA Basketball

Oct 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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Roy Hibbert was absent from this summer’s USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas, but only because he isn’t eligible to play.

Hibbert has suited up for Jamaica in the past, making the mutual desire for him to be a part of team USA going forward difficult, at best.

But Hibbert seems intent on getting the situation figured out, and is in the process of doing everything he can to pave the way for him to be a part of USA Basketball in the future.

From Scott Agness of

Pacers center Roy Hibbert wants to be part of the USA Basketball team and he said this week that international lawyers and his agent are in the process of trying to make that happen. Hibbert previously played a short stint with Team Jamaica after he was passed over and that has thus far made him ineligible.

“I wanted to play in the Olympics and then they invited some other guys from my draft class to be centers,” Hibbert explained. “I thought I could have been in that group. If I had gotten invited, I wouldn’t have played for Team Jamaica. You live and you learn. If I don’t play for Team USA ever again, I’ll enjoy my summers and bulk up like I did this summer.”

Hibbert is under the impression that Team USA has to make an inquiry to FIBA, the International Basketball Federation. He then has to be let go from Team Jamaica in order to join Team USA. Simply, it’s a lot of red tape, USA Basketball has to determine whether it’s worth the effort and Jamaica has to be understanding.

It’s complicated, but not impossible. Hibbert’s father is from Jamaica, but the Pacers’ big man is in fact an American with dual citizenship.

The international game seems to favor slashers and shooters over post players, but Team USA has plenty of those. Adding a player like Hibbert to the frontcourt rotation would address the only real weakness on the roster.

  1. adamsjohn714 - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Maybe get better at basketball and team USA will consider you for a spot. Right now you don’t deserve one, eligible or not.

    • bougin89 - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Hibbert is one of the few traditional centers that is great at protecting the rim and can score with his back to the basket in the NBA. He’s not an MVP candidate level of player but he’s very valuable in his own right. You post repetitive comments about him I’m assuming(maybe i’m ASSuming wrong?) fueled by his shooting %’s. You just don’t like him or what?

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      do people honestly think he’s one of the best centers in the game? He’s alright, but he’s no Chandler, injured Howard, Deandre Jordan, Drummond, etc. The guy is an abysmal finisher who is turnover and foul prone. His rebounding and blocks somewhat make up for it. That spells mediocre to me.

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        Hibbert dominated Chandler in last season’s playoffs. Half the time your comments are excellent but the rest of the time your comments are just plain wrong.

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        Fortunately for Chandler, one playoff series (where you’re somewhat injured), doesn’t outweigh several years of obviously superior play. Apparently a handful of games is enough to make people forget an entire season, or being a major part of a championship team, or actually already being on Team USA and winning a gold medal.

        Besides, the Knicks were going to lose that series no matter what Chandler did because Melo and Smith were intent on wasting as many possessions as they could.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      Correct. I don’t think he’s nearly as good as other people think he is because he is so poor from the field. He’s a center who shoots 45% from the field, so obviously he’s far from the prototypical center. I don’t have a problem with him personally (why on earth would someone assume that?). I’ve said he is mediocre. I have said why, quite clearly. He is obviously not a USA basketball level player (though, to be fair, there are guys one there who shouldn’t be).

      • bougin89 - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        After his right wrist healed last year(he hurt it two playoffs ago against the Heat) he was shooting just north of 50% from the field before that he didn’t have much feeling in his right hand and was shooting 40%. Also, Chandler isn’t a guy that you can dump it down to for offense. Hibbert is. Also, Hibbert was better defensively than Chandler was last year.

        Years of superior play? Not in the playoffs, that’s for sure.

    • slgay - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      Roy Hibbert is one of the best, true centers in the NBA today. He is a center that is getting better every year. He has an outstanding work habit. He is a fine young man and is a credit to the NBA. We need more NBA players like him. Don’t down him. He came out of the outstanding Georgetown program. Look at Ewing, Mourning, Mutombo, and etc. All of those players graduated from college, as well as became outstanding NBA players. More promising young high school centers should look to that program for success.

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:48 PM

        I agree that graduating is a big deal, and everything I’ve heard him say and seen him do off the court makes him look like an outstanding human being. I like the guy.

        That said, true centers can actually put the ball in the basket efficiently. As a matter of fact, even average centers can do it better than him.

  2. skinsfanwill - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Stay true to your country. You joined Jamaica, build some other players there and become relevant. Teach those players how to be good. Represent the country that wanted you. Next thing you know you are gonna be trying to join the champion Heat.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 5, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      Great comment. The Heat should make every effort to get Hibbert, now that you mention it.

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