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David West, Rasual Butler reportedly confronted Roy Hibbert after Game 1

Roy Hibbert benchStop me if you’ve heard this one before: the Indiana Pacers lost and Roy Hibbert was a total no-show in the game. But maybe now his teammates are demanding more from the center.

According to Scott Agness of Pacers.com, David West was fuming after Indiana’s Game 1 loss at home to the Washington Wizards and confronted Hibbert after the center rolled a double-zero with no points and no rebounds. Agness says it looked like West and teammate Rasual Butler had a closed-door meeting with Hibbert in the team’s weight room following the game. He says the two declined to talk about it.

Agness described West as “beyond furious” with Hibbert, and quoted the forward as saying that Hibbert has “to be part of the fight. He’s got to be part of this thing for us to go anywhere.”

Hibbert knows he needs to be better (and really, how could he not?).

“I’m going to change some things up for the second game. I’m going to look within myself and go out there and figure it out. I got to come out and be aggressive. I got to be a different Roy Hibbert than I have been,” said Hibbert.

Hibbert has been a total disaster since April and has played like one of the Monstars sneaked into his body and stole all his talent. He just has not been anywhere near what he used to be, and he’s taking a lot of criticism for his disappearing act. At the very least, he should turn it around and play better just out of shear pride. How can he accept the way he’s been performing? It’s a true embarrassment.

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.

LeBron James, David West flop simultaneously during Game 4 (Video)

LeBron-David-West-flopLeBron James had an interesting night on Tuesday when the Miami Heat lost to the Indiana Pacers in Game 4, evening their series at 2-2. For starters, LeBron fouled out for just the fifth time in his career when he was called for an illegal screen with 54 seconds left in the game. Prior to that, there was the simultaneous flop between him and David West.

It was a tremendous acting job from both James and West, and an even better job by the officials to not blow the whistle. The two barely made contact with one another, but that didn’t stop them from reacting like they had just been shot. Here’s the play in GIF form, courtesy of Deadspin:

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We should also mention that this is the same LeBron who insisted he is not a flopper earlier in the week but made it clear he is not completely opposed to flopping. If the video above doesn’t convince you he’s a liar, I don’t know what will.

Norris Cole nails David West in the groin (Video)

Groin shots seemed to be all the rage in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

In the first quarter, Shane Battier kneed Pacers center Roy Hibbert in the manly region on a drive to the hoop. Then with about three minutes left in the game, Heat guard Norris Cole was trying to get around David West and decide to throw a little cheap shot at the forward’s groin.

As TNT’s Steve Kerr joked, Cole caught West in the “midsection,” which is their euphemism for groin. Cole was called for an offensive foul on the play.

As you can see, Cole did not miss the mark:

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David West refuses to give any young Pacers fans high-fives (Video)

Who was that guy, the old Tiger Woods? Tiger is the only person I have seen with the ability to walk past a young fan without realizing they exist the way David West did on Thursday night. Sure, Tiger slaps a few hands and signs a couple autographs here and there now, but that’s because he’s repairing his image. As you can see from the video above, West went Tiger on some young Pacers fans during halftime of Indiana’s Game 6 loss to Miami.

With the Pacers clinging to a two-point lead at the half and their season on the line, perhaps West was simply just too focused to hand out high-fives. Danny Granger had no problem with it, but everyone handles pressure differently. At the end of the day it could have been worse — right Mark McGrath?

H/T Ball Don’t Lie

David West accidentally put Cavs mascot ‘Moondog’ in hospital with a punch (Video)

Pacers forward David West accidentally put Cleveland Cavaliers mascot “Moondog” in the hospital with a playful pregame punch Wednesday night.

“He jumped at me, and I thought we were playing around. Next thing I know he went down,” West said after the game. “It was definitely an accident.”

“I felt terrible about that. I really do,” West said. “We were just having fun before the game, just messing around. I really hope he’s OK. Make sure he knows I’m sorry.”

The mascot suffered an eye injury but was later released from the hospital. As the Cavaliers said, there’s no word on Moondog’s status for Sunday’s home game against the Magic.

Chest bump to The Basketball Jones for the video

Ray Allen Says David West’s Ego Made Him Choose the Pacers Over Celtics

Apparently the decision David West made to choose the Pacers over the Celtics really rubbed Ray Allen the wrong way.  For a while, it appeared that Danny Ainge had a deal in place that would send Jermaine O’Neal back to the Pacers for David West by way of a sign-and-trade.  The deal fell apart and West chose to sign with Indiana for two years, $20 million rather than the Celtics for three years, $29 million.  The normally soft-spoken Allen thinks West made a big mistake.

“I’m shocked,” Allen said according to ESPNBoston.com when asked about West signing with Indy.. “I don’t understand it. Once it got down to the end, I think his ego kicked back in. He wanted the dollars. I guess it comes down to ‘What is a championship worth to you?’ Think of all the guys who have made $20 million and could be considered one of the best ever, but they get chided because they never won. We [the Big Three] all had to do less when we won. We’re still taking less to make it work. But it’s worth it. No one can ever say to KG, Paul or me, ‘You guys never got your ring.'”

Allen said he was originally told that West was going to come to the Celtics for less money and that he and Allen would get along well, because they are both “cognitive” type players.  Now, he is almost certainly left frustrated by Boston’s lack of depth.

Obviously West’s decision really irritated Allen, because the comments he made were completely out of character.  Everyone has their own person reasons for choosing a new team, and it’s possible Allen is bitter since he knows time is running out for the Celtics.  Perhaps West knew that as well and had no interest in becoming part of a rebuilding project.