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Hibbert says heckler “woke me up” in Game 4

May 12, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

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Don’t poke the bear, Wizards fans.

Actually, you may well not get another chance to poke the Pacers because one of your own, a heckler, got under Roy Hibbert’s skin in Game 4 and motivated his game.

For the better part of three quarters on Sunday Hibbert was a non-factor and the Wizards had a comfortable 14 point lead. Then in the final 3:35 of the third quarter Hibbert scored 9 of the Wizards next 11 points and sparked a run that made it a game again. A game the Pacers ultimately won to take a 3-1 lead.

What happened? Hibbert used a heckler as motivation, he told Ben Standig at

“He woke me up,” Hibbert said in the Pacers locker room. “He said I was tired. He was saying a lot of obscenities. I’m a God fearing man so I’m not going into saying what he was saying…He got me going and I let him hear [me].”

How much of that is true and how much of that was just Hibbert feeling more comfortable and finding his groove is up to you to decide.

A whole lot of NBA players use what people say about them as motivation — author Roland Lazenby recently said on the PBT Podcast Michael Jordan used to make stuff up then get mad about it to motivate himself. Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and others operate in pretty much in that same mold.

Maybe some Pacers fans should heckle Hibbert before Game 5, just to make sure he’s ready to go and the Pacers got a win.

  1. holleywood9 - May 12, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    9 of last 11 PACERS points.

  2. watermelon1 - May 12, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Those officials though…

  3. ProBasketballPundit - May 12, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Was it Robin Ficker?! He was at game 3… first appearance at a Wizards game in years from what I hear.

    • pacers24 - May 12, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      yeah it was him…theres a washington post story ( about him.

      but he doesnt curse. the profanities came from a dude sitting next to him. this guy posted to his twitter that he got a warning card from security.

      Roy Hibbert just grabbed his crotch and told us to F*** off, then I got this card.Security says Hibbert will be fined— Doug Cartwright (@Doug_Cartwright) May 12, 2014

  4. aboogy123456 - May 12, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Hibbert is the softest player in the league, don’t compare him to kobe or garnett. The fact that he needs Paul George to say nice things about him, or a fan to heckle him, in order for him to play well shows how mentally weak he is. If something doesn’t go his way will he go back to zero points and zero rebounds?

    • soflasfinest - May 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      Exactly! C’mon man, it’s the playoffs. You should be hyped already. But instead he needs a teammate to smash his girl, then go fishing, and then get heckled to wake up. This dude is Charmin soft!

      • tashab03 - May 12, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        It’s funny, you call hibbert soft and yet you post comments that sound like a high school girl. “He smashed his girl”? That’s sad. He already said that was a lie but you’re all giddy about it posting it online. Lol you’re not only soft yourself but sad and very, very young. At least mentally.

      • soflasfinest - May 12, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        He penetrated his wife. Better hunny?

      • john242322 - May 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM

        Lol son, you’re ignorant if you think that’s true. No man would ever continue being best friend’s with another man who smashed his fiance. Hibby is PG’s biggest supporter, you really think they’d be cool after a fishing trip if that were true?? LMAO get outta here aboogy1234546 and soflasfinest, you guys are pathetic

      • tashab03 - May 13, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        He doesn’t have a wife Honey. lol Not only are you immature, but uninformed as well.

  5. stlouis1baseball - May 12, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Serious questions.
    When did we start using the word “smash” when referring to having sex?
    And for that matter…how is “smash” a better word than “boinking.” Or how about “doing her?”
    When did “he is smashing her” become better than “he is doing her?” Or how about “drilling it?”
    How is “smashing it” better than “drilling it?” What about the good ole’ “screw” instead of “smash?”

    Smash is a terrible word when trying to say someone is having sex. Lame…lame…lame.

  6. chiadam - May 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    His lazy marshmallow ass shouldn’t need someone to wake him up midway through the second round of the playoffs. Was he sleeping when the Pacers almost choked to the Hawks?

  7. granadafan - May 12, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    This is wha’ts so frustrating about Hibbert. He’s paid millions and his team is fighting in the playoffs, yet Hibbert doesn’t give a damn. All the criticism of him that he’s lazy and unmotivated is justified. What a waste of space.

  8. 25yearindyfan - May 12, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    I’d say he is giving quite a damn this series. You all should really watch the games before making yourself look stupid on these boards. He is averaging 19/7/2.5 last 3 games.

    • bougin89 - May 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      Well put. 4 out of the last 5 games he’s played really well.

      • gostlcards5 - May 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Agreed. I also wouldn’t say that “For the better part of three quarters on Sunday Hibbert was a non-factor…”. Granted, my DVR messed up, so I didn’t get to start watching the game until a few minutes to go in the 2Q, but he was getting some rebounds, and he was engaged defensively.

        The second part of that statement is HUGE for Indy, because he doesn’t necessarily have to score a lot to be effective. Be the rim protector and get some rebounds, and the other stuff will come along.

      • bougin89 - May 13, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        This is exactly what I’ve been trying to say. If Hibbert is challenging shots and protecting the rim the Pacers are a totally different team. Scoring is just icing on the cake, really.

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - May 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        Indeed, and dealing with that idiot heckler as cleverly as he did shows that his focus is back. That turkey’s friends (not likely to be a whole lot smarter than he is) are all on his case now for supposedly waking Hibbert up, when of course you don’t become a two-time All-Star if you need third-grade playground BS as motivation. Sweet revenge, delivered by the idiot’s own buddies. Bravo Roy!

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