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Monday, August 20, 2018

Roy Hibbert closing door on his NBA career

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After nine seasons in the NBA and over $70 million in total earnings, Roy Hibbert appears to be calling it a career.

Speaking with TMZ Sports earlier this week, the seven-footer was asked if he still wanted to play.

“I’m good on right now, man. I’m good,” Hibbert replied. “It’s just that it’s time to move on sometimes.”

If this is indeed the end for Hibbert, who is still only 31 years old, he retires as a two-time All-Star and one-time All-Defensive Team selection, earning those accolades even as recently as 2014.

As a traditional back-to-the-basket and shot-blocking big man, he enjoyed a productive run on the Indiana Pacers conference finals teams of the early-to-mid-2010s. However, the game quickly moved towards versatile, fleet-footed bigs with the ability to space the floor and defend the perimeter, rendering Hibbert virtually obsolete. He last played for Denver in the 2016-17 season.

The former Georgetown star averaged 10.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game for his career. While his descent from near-elite center into total unplayability was both rapid and shocking, at least Hibbert will now have more time to entertain us by posting weird stuff on Twitter.

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