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Roy Hibbert on Pacers: There’s some selfish dudes in here

Roy-Hibbert-Relaxation-ExercisesThe Indiana Pacers are one of the most frustrated first-place teams in NBA history. With just eight games remaining in the regular season, Indiana is poised to lock down home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. However, they closed out the month of March with an 8-9 record on Sunday and have lost five of their last seven.

This type of play won’t lead to success in the postseason, and Roy Hibbert knows it.

“Some selfish dudes in here,” Hibbert said after Friday’s loss to the Washington Wizards, per NBA.com’s David Aldridge. “Some selfish dudes. I’m tired of talking about it. We’ve been talking about it for a month.”

The Pacers scored just 78 points in that game. They followed it up with a 90-76 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. You can’t win if you don’t score, and Hibbert seems to think the problem is that Indiana is relying too heavily on perimeter shooting.

“When I first got here, it was a perimeter team with [Mike] Dunleavy, Granger — Danny, and Troy Murphy,” he said. “Then, we got D-West. We were gonna be a power post team, wear guys out. But that’s how things are in the NBA. Things change. It is what it is.”

As Aldridge noted, the Pacers fed Hibbert early and often in a win over the Miami Heat last Wednesday. He scored 17 points in the first half and ended up taking 15 shots in the game. David West was likely making the same complaint as Hibbert when he recently said that the Pacers don’t play a good brand of basketball.

Defense typically wins in the playoffs, but the Pacers have to find a balance. If that means feeding Hibbert and West in the low post, it’s something they’ll have to work on over the next two weeks. Otherwise, their frustrations will turn into a disappointing early end to the season.

H/T Beyond the Buzzer

DeMarcus Cousins, aka Boogie Smooth, has an R&B album coming out

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DeMarcus Cousins has all this emotion built up inside him. The Sacramento Kings big man has been known to flip out on referees and refuse to shake opponents’ hands, so you have to wonder if he could benefit from some type of therapy. What better way to blow off steam than to make some music?

Cousins — I’m sorry, Boogie Smooth — announced on Sunday that he will soon be releasing an R&B album. The lead single on the album is called “Emotional” and it features Chance the Rapper, who appears to be a legitimate artist with nearly 300,000 Instagram followers. There is also a rumor that there will be a bonus track called “Big Fellas” that features Rick Ross.

You know how people say if it seems too good to be true then it probably is? As long as this isn’t some sort of elaborate joke from Cousins, there’s no way that phrase applies in this situation. An album from Boogie Smooth that features a track called “Emotional” truly is too good to be true.

UPDATE: Well, my day is officially ruined. The Kings claim this was just a hoax from Cousins. I’m still praying thats a smokescreen.

Michael Carter-Williams uses poster in locker to help him learn refs’ names

Michael-Carter-WilliamsMichael Carter-Williams is one of the very few reasons Philadelphia 76ers fans can be optimistic about the future. The former Syracuse star has averaged 16.6 points, 6.2 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game in his rookie season. He seems to be working hard to improve all phases of his game, including his relationship with the league’s officiating crews.

As Brett Pollakoff of Pro Basketball Talk noted, Carter-Williams has a large poster hanging inside his locker that features all of the NBA’s referees. Their names are listed below their head shots.

“My coaches put that up so I’ll learn the names of the refs and build a relationship with them,” he explained. “So that’s why that’s up there.”

It certainly hasn’t helped the Sixers win games, although they did beat the Detroit Pistons on Sunday to snap a league-record 26-game losing streak. Still, it couldn’t hurt to earn the respect of officials by taking the time to remember their names. Carter-Williams also has a piece of paper hanging inside his locker so he can write down the names of each ref before a game and give it to his coaches — a quiz, in other words.

“I’m a rookie, they felt as a point guard I should have that bond with the refs,” Carter-Williams said. “You see guys like Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook who have relationships with the refs, and you know, they’re veterans now. They probably know every ref by their first name.”

It’s not a bad idea, and I’m sure plenty of players have made the same type of effort to build a personal relationship with refs. We all know how biased the officiating can be in the NBA. Any little advantage matters.

Kendrick Perkins got left out again by his teammates

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Poor Kendrick Perkins. For whatever reason, the Oklahoma City Thunder just don’t seem to like hanging out with their veteran center. Earlier this year, several members of the Thunder hung out together and posted a photo on Instagram. Perkins commented on the photo about everything doing stuff together and not hitting him up. It happened again over the weekend.

Even more Thunder players got together this time for what appeared to be some sort of charity event. A bunch of people started commenting and asking where Perkins was, and as you can see Hasheem Thabeet even taunted him in the comments section. Perk then created this meme of himself.

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If this is a running joke the Thunder have going, it’s a great one. If not, it sucks to be Perkins.

Glen Davis sent to locker room with team security after exchanging words with Doc Rivers

glen-davis-clippersAfter beginning the season with the Orlando Magic and appearing in 45 games, Glen Davis agreed to a contract buyout in February.

In a move that didn’t come as a surprise to many, Davis signed with the Los Angeles Clippers a few days later. The veteran played under head coach Doc Rivers as a member of the Boston Celtics from 2007-2011.

On Saturday against the Houston Rockets, Davis was removed from the game and apparently didn’t take it well. After an exchange of words with Rivers, the coach had Davis escorted to the locker room by team security, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

Those who have followed Davis throughout his career know he’s no stranger to a tantrum. We can go ahead and add this one to the list.

James Harden complains about money costing him friends, family

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Think it’s all fun and games when you’re making $15 million a year? Well, it’s not. Just ask Houston Rockets star James Harden, who took to Instagram on Friday to share some emotional thoughts about money.

“Money is a powerful thing,” Harden wrote alongside the photo you see above. “Losing family and friends over it. I didn’t sign up for this.”

Most people don’t want to hear athletes complaining about money, but this is a real issue. Family and friends come crawling out of the woodwork looking for handouts, and some even alienate you because you refuse to give them money for no reason. Harden isn’t the only professional athlete who feels that way.

David West: Pacers look vulnerable, don’t play good brand of basketball

David-West-PacersIf you believe in momentum heading into the NBA playoffs, you understand why the Indiana Pacers desperately need to pick things up over the final nine games of the season. The Pacers, who still own the best record in the Eastern Conference, have gone just 8-8 in the month of March — their worst this season. David West spoke about his team’s struggles after Friday night’s loss.

“We look vulnerable,” West said, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders. “We look like teams can just come at us. Again, it’s because we don’t play a good brand of basketball.”

West’s comments came after Indiana lost to the Washington Wizards, a mediocre team at best. The Pacers committed 17 turnovers in the game, and West was responsible for four of them. He believes his team is taking lesser opponents too lightly.

“We’re at the point where we can’t just get up for the Miamis or the Chicago Bulls and then come out and get doughnuts against the Wizards or these other teams,” West said, via ESPN.com. “I just don’t know if we are handling success and being out front the right way.”

Roy Hibbert sounded just as frustrated as West.

“I don’t know. We’re tired of talking about it,” Hibbert said. “We’ve been in this rut for a month. You take one step forward, three steps back.”

We know the Heat are going to bring it come playoff time. They have won back-to-back championships and LeBron James is hungry for a third. If the Pacers want to stop them, they’ll have to match their intensity. Indiana certainly has the talent. Hopefully they’re getting their bad games out of the way now.