PHILADELPHIA – I knew something was up when I walked over to Roy Hibbert’s locker and he said, “I was hoping you were going to come talk to me.”
That’s when Hibbert, who is usually pretty mellow with his comments, decided to voice his frustration.
“Within two days we have become a completely different basketball team,” he said. “It was really pathetic. People have to be held accountable. We have to run the system. When we run it, we’re good. When we don’t we lose like this.”
Hibbert didn’t mention any names when talking about players being held accountable. He was upset at how the offense looked during their 26-point beat down to Philadelphia.
“We went away from what we did last game to win the game,” he said. “We didn’t play tough. Last time we were throwing it in, cutting and moving.
“I felt like we came down, the ball wasn’t getting passed. It wasn’t getting reversed. We just shot quick shots. We weren’t getting back in transition. We didn’t play defense at all.”
Hibbert was talking loud enough that several players nearby stopped dressing to hear what he had to say.
“We were horrible,” Hibbert said. “We weren’t running our sets. We weren’t getting out and running. We weren’t cutting and moving. This wasn’t Pacers basketball. I thought we just took three steps back in my opinion.”
That’s the first time in quite a while that a player has vented like that for the Pacers.
You have to give Hibbert credit for speaking up and trying to take hold of a leadership spot that has been vacant for years.
Now it’s a matter of whether his teammates will follow behind him.