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Report: Pacers signing of Andrew Bynum irritated Roy Hibbert

May 7, 2014, 9:07 PM EDT

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As Roy Hibbert continues to struggle mightily for the Pacers in the playoffs, the masses seem desperate for a legitimate explanation as to why, exactly, his play has been so dismal.

There are some crazy stories out there if you look hard enough, but none of them are from credible sources. And Hibbert’s teammates continue to say that everything is just fine in their locker room, despite the slide Indiana has experienced for more than two straight months.

Andrew Bynum is no longer with the team, having come to a mutual agreement with management to end the partnership that was aimed at adding depth to the roster for the postseason run. While it’s difficult to believe his sheer presence was an issue, the signing reportedly bothered Hibbert, at least initially.

From Steve Aschburner of NBA.com:

Center Roy Hibbert‘s ongoing tailspin coincides with Bynum’s arrival, so much that some team insiders have wondered if the move rattled Hibbert’s confidence and trust.

Through Jan. 31, Hibbert was posting his customary numbers – 12.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks per game – for a team that was 35-10. After Bynum was signed, Hibbert averaged 9.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. He’s been worse in Indiana’s eight playoff games so far: 4.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 blocks. And the Pacers have gone 25-20.

Bringing Bynum aboard rankled Hibbert, a source told NBA.com, when coach Frank Vogel ran plays to get Bynum involved offensively that he rarely calls for Hibbert.

Bynum hasn’t been around the team for the past few games, and it’s doubtful that his arrival alone sent Hibbert into such a noticeable nosedive, especially when it continued long after it became known that Bynum wouldn’t be able to contribute at all for the Pacers due to his ongoing injury.

The reality is that only Hibbert knows the true reason for his dip in production. But considering that he came alive in the first half of Game 2 against the Wizards by pouring in 17 points in 15 minutes on the day Bynum was officially gone for good, there may be more to it than would seem to make sense.

  1. zackd2 - May 7, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Even his “customary” numbers suck. I remember when Amare was killed on a nightly basis for averaging 9 rebounds instead of 10 a night when he scored 20, this dude goes 12 and 8 and he’s a “beast” and they sign a backup C and his numbers get cut in half? Please he sucks.

    • sportsfan18 - May 7, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      He’s a mental midget if signing Andrew Bybum bothered him…

    • borderline1988 - May 7, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      I didn’t think that I would need to point out the obvious here, but… Hibbert plays defense. Amare? Not so much.

      No one mistook Hibbert for being one of the best players in the league, but there isn’t a team in the league who couldn’t use a 7foot center who’s a fantastic rim protector (in the same way that Chandler is almost invaluable when healthy).

      That being said, these last 4 months are really raising people’s eyebrows. I obviously don’t know Hibbert personally, but he seems as mentally fragile as any player I’ve ever seen.

      • zackd2 - May 7, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        Yes defense is a factor. I’d still take Amare and his “customary numbers” than Hibbert’s 12/8

      • borderline1988 - May 8, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        I don’t know man..Amare is great player on mediocre teams but Hibbert is a championship piece in the middle. I can see a team with Hibbert winning a championship but I can’t see Amare doing that.. And Amare has only played well for one year without Steve Nash giving him easy buckets.

        Guys like Hibbert are rare in this league, and when he plays well, he is a defensive force. Indiana has the best defense in the league, and Hibbert anchors that defense. Take any other player off Indiana’s team, and they’re still a top-3 defense. Take Hibbert out of the equation, and they’re barely a top-10 defense

    • bougin89 - May 8, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      What’s worse?

      1) Holding a player to a standard he shouldn’t be held to

      or

      2) Not understanding how big of an impact Hibbert has on games when he’s focused

      • zackd2 - May 8, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        The fact that you add “when he’s focused” says it all about Hibbert.

      • bougin89 - May 8, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        He hasn’t played well consistently in the last two months but he has more of a consistent history of playing well, especially in the playoffs, the last two seasons. Actually he’s played really well in 2 out of the last 3 games. His disappearing act in the middle of those two games is all on him but it doesn’t me he’s a terrible players because that’s not the norm for Hibbert.

  2. doug2626 - May 7, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    How old is this guy???

  3. bucrightoff - May 7, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Of course it irritated him, he was no longer the most immature and mental fragile player on the team.

  4. imthedudedude - May 7, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Oh…. So that’s why he hasn’t been playing well. It all makes sense. It’s ok Roy, he’s gone now. Put your big boy pants on.

  5. seattlesuperchronic - May 7, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    I feel like the word “Report” should be replaced with rumor.

  6. psung26 - May 7, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Bringing Bynum aboard rankled Hibbert, a source told NBA.com, when coach Frank Vogel ran plays to get Bynum involved offensively that he rarely calls for Hibbert.

    LOL!

  7. realfootballfan - May 7, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    If that’s why this mental midget has been M.I.A. for 2 months, I don’t even know what to say. Wow. Like dude, you already have the big contract they gave you, so he shouldn’t have even been on your mind. SMH.

  8. dubblelznhell - May 7, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Hibbert is a little girl

    • kb2408 - May 7, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      Yeah, that’s easy to say from the safe confines of your living room. Gotta love the internet tough guys.

      • john242322 - May 8, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        Couldn’t agree more kb2408…all these haters need to get outta here.

  9. cruelintentions662 - May 7, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Dear Roy Hibbert,

    Your are a straight B#$^H if this made your play tank!

    Sincerely CruelIntentions662

    • kb2408 - May 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      “CruelIntention”, huh? See my previous comment, tough guy. Lol!

  10. kb2408 - May 7, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    I’m glad you posted Roy’s “customary” numbers…some of these guys swear that he’s “never” done anything. 12, 8 and 2.5 is not too shabby. No, he’s not Hakeem but he’s not a scrub either. That’s why this whole free fall has been so puzzling.

    • zackd2 - May 7, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      Hibbert was fourth on his team in rebounds. A starting center was FOURTH on his team in rebounds. Lol. I’m glad u think 12/8 from a center isn’t too shabby cause he straight sucked this year.

      • bougin89 - May 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        Do you think Marc Gasol sucks too because he only averaged 14/7? He must have straight sucked this year…

      • bougin89 - May 8, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        Oh and secondly you must really think Nene sucked this year…

        5.5 rpg. Man he just straight sucked this year.

      • zackd2 - May 8, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        Yes those players are overrated. Any “big body” player who isn’t a stretch 4 the media/fans overrated because the “old school centers” are gone from the game. So suddenly 13/8 is acceptable as long as u do it on the block and not jump shots.

      • bougin89 - May 8, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        That’s just funny. Anyone who understands competitive basketball would know that Hibbert wasn’t paid because he needs to average 20 points a game, he was paid because he’s an elite rim protector.

        Do you think it was a coincidence the Pacers were so good early this season while Hibbert was playing so well(but only averaging 12 points per game)?

      • zackd2 - May 8, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        He doesn’t need to score 20, but he doesnt get paid to go 1-7 or average 4 points a game in the playoffs. If a guy sucks on O but elite on D, how is that different than being elite on O and suck on D?

      • bougin89 - May 8, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        You’re spinning in circles now.

        12 and 8 while protecting the paint is extremely valuable. Ask any knowledgeable fan and they will tell you the same. That’s not “sucking” as you put it. See how Hibbert played in game 7 against the Hawks. That’s exactly what he’s paid to do. Last night was the same except he was an extra force on offense which usually doesn’t happen.

        Just because Hibbert isn’t Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, etc. good doesn’t mean he sucks.

      • billtetley53 - May 8, 2014 at 7:41 PM

        Its a sad day in the nba when 12 and 8 is considered acceptable for a 7-2 center. Everyone dumps all over Howard and his numbers are much better. He doesnt have an offensive skill set per se either. Its ridiculous that 12 and 8 is considered good to you. “Elite” rim protector or not(thats debateable) Gortat was getting to the rim at will for one example. I like Roy. Hes not that good though and Indiana should not have matched that offer sheet if all they get is 12 and 8.

        Anyone who agrees with kb2408 is a nitwit and is not to br taken seriously.

    • billtetley53 - May 8, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      1.) At 15 million a year, you want more than 12 and 8 from a guy. Hes a huge man, he should be able to get at least 10 boards without even trying. Those are pedestrian numbers for the type of money he makes. There are hardly any other skilled bigs in the Low post in the nba anymore, he should be dominating.
      2.) Quit calling out people for being “internet tough guys”.
      A.) Its a sports blog, its what happens on here, people rip on the players and coaches, and
      B.) You do it yourself all the time, especially with the Heat players. Youve talked smack about Kevin Garnett too. Just another in the long line of hypocritical things you have posted.

      Man, you are just an annoying toolbox. Just quit posting. Nobody will miss you, just like in your life offline.

      • zackd2 - May 8, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        To add to point #1, he had a FG% of 43.9 as a center. Guards get killed for a FG that low.

      • john242322 - May 8, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Thanks for the outline format..?

        The only reason Hibby is payed this much is because Portland stupidly offered him a max contract when he was a restricted free agent, so Pacers had to match. I’m sure Pacers didn’t want to pay him anything near that.

        If Hibby puts up 12 and 8 the rest of the series, Pacers easily win this series

  11. trickybastard - May 7, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Hibbert is overrated anyway. To let another player affect your play is unprofessional.

  12. cantonb0und13 - May 8, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    I have already said enough about Hibbert. All I can say is, he’s simply not living up to his contract. He had a big game tonight though, it’s all about consistency.

  13. eugenesaxe1 - May 8, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    If you’re concerned about Bynum, you probably have bigger issues to deal with.

    • realfootballfan - May 8, 2014 at 2:25 AM

      I know, right? The same Bynum that got run out of LA and hasn’t played in 2 years? Seriously, and you’re already one of the team leaders and are paid like one? Does this make any sense to anybody but Hibbard’s cousin who’s calling all of us tough guys for saying he’s a pussy?

  14. chicagosports2014 - May 8, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    “Excuses are tools of a compliment. “

  15. packergator - May 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    A real LVP contest between those two.

  16. duhwighthoward - May 8, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    THE SIGNING OF BYNUM IRRITATED EVERYBODY
    NOT JUST HIBBERT
    IT’S LIKE SAYING SEP 11 IRRITATED JOE SCHMO

  17. thevza - May 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Shhhhhh. Guys, come on. Hibbert might be reading the comments section. We don’t want to make him sad…

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