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Larry Bird And The Pacers Don't Look Great In This David West Interview

David West surprised just about everybody when he opted out of the final year and $12.5 million left on his contract with the Indiana Pacers. Tonight he had an extensive sit-down with longtime Pacers reporter Bob Kravitz, and the upshot of the interview is that the Pacers organization is a low-rent operation, and team… »7/01/15 11:34pm7/01/15 11:34pm

Roy Hibbert And The Indiana Pacers Are Headed For A Messy Divorce

Roy Hibbert is an awkward fit in today’s pace-and-space NBA. He doesn’t shoot well near the basket or from distance, he isn’t a particularly gifted passer, and he can’t sprint up and down the court repeatedly. When the Pacers expected to play the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals every year, Hibbert’s severe… »4/18/15 1:15pm4/18/15 1:15pm

Does It Make A Difference If NBA Players Miss Their First Shot?

During the playoffs, broadcasters love to pull out fact-like objects based on incredibly small samples. Before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, for example, announcers pointed out that, in the playoffs, Roy Hibbert had shot significantly better after making his first field-goal attempt. The impression this… »6/13/14 3:29pm6/13/14 3:29pm

What's Roy Hibbert's Impact On Defense?

Offensively, Roy Hibbert has been all over the place these playoffs. Well, "all over the place" isn't exactly right, he's paired a couple of good games with many terrible ones, adding his fourth zero-point outing in Monday's loss. But even at his offensive worst, it's important to remember that Hibbert is an… »5/28/14 7:50pm5/28/14 7:50pm

Here's A New Attempt At Gauging The Defensive Impact Of NBA Players

The defensive impact of individual NBA players is hard to measure, as it's so intertwined with their teammates' performance. Austin Clemens, undeterred, has taken an ambitious shot with his new Adjusted Impact by Court Location model, which attempts to parse out individual impacts on opponent shot selection (the… »5/28/14 11:58am5/28/14 11:58am

I Could Watch Roy Hibbert Blocking This Little Kid's Shot All Day Long

Indiana Pacers big man Roy Hibbert visited Paramount School of Excellence in Indianapolis and relived his childhood when he wasn't yet an NBA star for a cute video. The best part is when he swats the crap out of a kid's weak layup, which has been GIFed below. (Second-best part is Hibbert using a child as a human… »2/09/14 10:08am2/09/14 10:08am

The Heat Still Have A Roy Hibbert-Sized Problem In Indiana

Last night's Heat-Pacers game marked the first time the two teams had met since last season's Eastern Conference Finals, a thrilling seven-game series that the Pacers nearly stole by driving a mack truck with the number 55 on it through the Heat's undersized front court. If the game proved anything, it's that the Heat… »12/11/13 11:34am12/11/13 11:34am

Roy Hibbert Wants You To Know He's Too Tall For An Airplane Bathroom

So you were wondering whether a person who's 7-foot-2 can squeeze into the bathroom on a airplane. Never mind. You likely weren't wondering that at all. But Pacers center Roy Hibbert posted proof of the answer on his Instagram anyway. And the answer is that Roy Hibbert cannot squeeze into the bathroom on an airplane.… »8/22/13 4:30pm8/22/13 4:30pm

Roy Hibbert Can Never Play For Team USA, And It's All Jamaica's Fault

The United States Olympic basketball team, finding itself short on centers, wanted to add Indiana Pacers big man Roy Hibbert to its roster before the 2012 summer games. There was just one problem: Hibbert belonged to the Jamaican national team. On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast, Josh Levin… »6/14/13 6:06pm6/14/13 6:06pm

Mark Cuban Is Throwing A Pile Of Flopping Money At A Study

Tired of watching NBA players flop around, Mark Cuban is going to fund a flopping study. One of his companies is providing $100,000 to a medical center in Texas, to support 18 flopping months of motion-capture research. "The research findings could conceivably contribute to video reviews of flopping and the subsequent… »6/08/13 7:19pm6/08/13 7:19pm