I think this is a good move on Hibbert's part. It can only help him. He's proven that he can be dominant but seems to have lost his edge.
ATLANTA – Roy Hibbert said a few weeks ago that he was contemplating talking to somebody to help him get through the most trying time of his young NBA career.
Hibbert is about to take the next step with that.
He said after Saturday’s game that he plans to meet with a sports psychologist when the team returns from its current two-game road trip, which wraps up Tuesday in Philadelphia.
“Going to talk to somebody is not perceived as a bad thing anymore,” Hibbert said. “Other players have done it and the way things have gone it has taken a toll on me.”
You can’t blame the big fella for wanting to get help. He’s beat up mentally. His slump has lasted for almost six weeks. He got called for two traveling violations while attempting to make a move to the basket against the Hawks.
Hibbert, the anchor in the middle for the Pacers, is shooting 34 percent (54-of-158) from the field in the past 13 games.
His last dominating performance was when he had 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assist against Pau Gasol and the Los Angeles.
That was back in late November.
The Pacers, who are six games under .500, need Hibbert to produce if they expect to turnaround their season.
“That’s obviously a major, major problem for us because he’s our low-post threat,” O’Brien said. “In the NBA if you’re not getting something down in the low post then you have to manufacture ways to score.”