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Roy Hibbert calls out ESPN for posting wrong photo of him

Roy Hibbert benchIndiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert and Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum are two of the best players on two of the best teams in basketball. Their teams were off on Christmas Day, so ESPN invited the superstars to take over the @ESPNNBA Twitter handle and guest tweet during ABC’s Christmas doubleheader. It was a nice gesture from the network, but it came with a small insult toward Hibbert.

In an article promoting the Twitter takeover on ESPN.com, a photo of Pacers center Ian Mahinmi was used instead of a photo of Hibbert. ESPN got it right with McCollum, and Hibbert was not shy about calling the World Wide Leader out.

Remember last week when Hibbert photobombed the ESPN NBA crew and started making fun of Stephen A. Smith’s hair? We call this karma, Roy.

Roy Hibbert proud he photobombed Stephen A. Smith, Sage Steele

Roy-Hibbert-photobombIndiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert ended his night on Wednesday with a well-executed photobomb of the NBA on ESPN crew. The 7-foot-2 center stood off in the distance behind Sage Steele, Stephen A. Smith and Avery Johnson as they were recapping Indiana’s game against the Miami Heat. When Steele noticed that the crew was being photobombed, she invited Hibbert over.

Hibbert took the invite as an opportunity to harass Stephen A. about his receding hairline, which was pretty entertaining. Smith responded by asking Hibbert if his hairline is better than LeBron James’, but Hibbert did not take the bait. And Hibbert was proud of his photobombing work.

Considering Hibbert was visiting the home arena of the photobomb master himself, that was a pretty bold move.

Roy Hibbert shares picture of his disgustingly fat elbow

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Earlier this week, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert joked that he is going to wear a cup the next time he faces LaMarcus Aldridge because of all the shots to the groin he took against the Portland Trail Blazers. Perhaps the big man should worry about getting his shockingly massive elbow checked out before he does anything else.

Hibbert shared an Instagram photo on Wednesday that makes it seem like he is suffering from one of the worst cases of elbow bursitis you will ever see.

“Elbow looking extra fat today,” he wrote. “Bout to go do my pregame shooting. Doesn’t hurt #focused.”

Our friends at Next Impulse Sports noted that the issue has been going on for quite some time. Hibbert posted this photo on Instagram five months ago.

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That can’t be healthy, can it? Whatever the case, it’s obviously something the former Georgetown star can play through. It’s still terrifying.

Roy Hibbert plans to wear cup next time he faces LaMarcus Aldridge

Roy HibbertThe Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Indiana Pacers in a thrilling 106-102 game on Monday night, thanks in large part to LaMarcus Aldridge’s willingness to drive to the basket. Aldridge helped the Blazers overcome a career-high 43 points from Paul George by attacking the hoop in the second half and getting to the free throw line. He finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds.

And in the process, Aldridge got the best of one of the game’s better defenders. Roy Hibbert fell to the floor in pain two times after he was called for blocking fouls on Aldridge. After the game, he told Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star that Aldridge kneed him in the groin both times. Hibbert then sent this hilarious tweet.

Aldridge couldn’t resist the opportunity to respond to Hibbert’s swipe, and a very classy Twitter exchange followed between the two.

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Roy Hibbert says he is ‘all good’ after knee injury scare (Video)

Roy-Hibbert-knee-scareIndiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert landed awkwardly in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s win over the Orlando Magic and immediately grabbed his knee in pain. At first, fans had to have been thinking the worst while Hibbert rolled around on the floor. However, it appears he avoided any type of serious injury.

Hibbert walked off under his own power and posted a message on Twitter after the game.

“I’m all good people,” he wrote. “Nothing to be nervous about. Can’t wait to get on the court tomorrow and compete. Appreciate the love and support!”

That is certainly good news for a Pacers team that took the NBA by surprise last season when it pushed the eventual champion Miami Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. Hibbert, who averaged 11.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last season, is the anchor of Indiana’s defense. He blocked seven shots against the Magic on Tuesday night. Pacers fans can breathe a massive sigh of relief.

Roy Hibbert shows us how he fits (or doesn’t) in an airplane bathroom

Being over seven feet tall increases your chances of becoming a professional basketball player, but that type of height can create plenty of hassles in life. Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, who stands at 7-foot-2, gave us a prime example on Thursday.

Have you ever felt claustrophobic when having to use a bathroom on an airplane? Try switching bodies with Hibbert and then relieving yourself. As you can see, the big man pretty much does not fit in an airplane bathroom.

“I’m not one to take selfies but I know y’all were wondering how I fit in an airplane bathroom and the answer is … I don’t,” he wrote on Instagram. “#crampedlife.”

Hibbert’s height allows him to make amazing blocks like this on the basketball court, but everything has it’s pros and cons. Being a giant is certainly no exception.

Roy Hibbert walks off court without shaking hands after Game 7 (Video)

Roy Hibbert was one of the biggest reasons the Indiana Pacers sent the Eastern Conference finals to a seventh game, and he’s also one of the biggest reasons why they were blown out in the decider.

Hibbert had 18 points and eight rebounds in his team’s 99-76 Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat, but he wasn’t a huge factor in the game. He fouled out in the fourth quarter and had to sit key minutes after picking up his third foul with 1:12 left in the first half, and his fifth foul with 2:09 left in the third quarter. He was replaced by Ian Mahinmi to end both quarters.

Hibbert was also the biggest topic of conversation prior to Game 7 after he was fined $75,000 by the league on Sunday for cursing at the media and dropping a “no homo.”

As time expired in Game 7, Hibbert bolted into the tunnel to the locker room while the rest of his teammates and coaches stuck around to congratulate the Heat and shake hands. George Hill, Paul George, Lance Stephenson, and coach Frank Vogel were among the Pacers seen shaking hands with Heat players while Hibbert was in the locker room.

David West was the other notable Pacers player who did not shake hands with the Heat. According to the Indianapolis Star’s Mike Wells, that is because West considers himself an old school player who is not friends with his opponents.

Hibbert had a different reason for not shaking hands. He told Wells that he is not close with those players and he did not want to ruin their moment.

“I know some of our guys have played on teams with some of them, but I don’t know them personally,” Hibbert explained to The Star. “It was their moment because they won. I have tremendous respect for them, but I don’t know any of those guys personally and I didn’t want to interrupt their moment.”

Is that a lame or legit excuse? That seems like a lame excuse to me for a guy who was a big goat going into the game. It seemed to me like Hibbert just wanted to leave all the negativity behind him as soon as possible, so he slunk out of the arena.

Even though the way he ended his season was disappointing, Hibbert should at least take comfort knowing that he has plenty of company. LeBron James pulled a similar stunt in 2009, Russell Westbrook did it in 2011, and the Celtics’ top players have done blown off handshakes two years in a row.

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