In a NBA where guys routinely loaf and blatantly show that they could really couldn't care less, Roy Hibbert has done everything asked of him. You can see great potential in him. He gives it everything he's got and nobody can really argue that. And I appreciate that, so consider this a Roy Hibbert appreciation thread. If we can't accept the players who truly give it their all then what kind of fans are we? If that's the case they deserve better and I won't blame them when they look elsewhere. I think fans can truly influence a players development by the support they show him when they are struggling, and we lose sight of our job as fans at times.
How many players on this team can you honestly say has shown as much passion than Roy?
How many guys on the team even come close by comparison?
He is only 23 years old. And let me fill everyone in on a little secret about Roy......HE IS NOT A BANGER!!!!!! He never has been, and he never will be. When you play someone out of their comfort zone it's not a recipe for success, IMO. Why does everyone expect him to succeed? Why does he even have to be a banger? He still brings a lot of great skills to the game. I just don't get it. Even if he turns out to be a back up he could be a pretty darn good one.
I think where Roy can truly excel in the NBA as an offensive force is by drawing the other teams center away from the basket. He has a sweet looking jump shot that he rarely uses out to college three. He needs to get in the gym and perfect it. He has spent so much time working on post moves, foot work, position defense and his body that he hasn't been able to put in the time working on his outside shot over the last few years. I want Roy to model his game more after a guy like Robert Parish offensively. He needs to utilize his height and high release more, it could be a great weapon. And then he can use his passing ability off of that. So he might not be a great low post center, there is nothing wrong with that.
We need a low post PF that can score. The Pacers have been saying it for a long time. That will allow Roy to play a more natural position for him. And I guarantee you this summer he works on his jump shot and comes back next year looking better than ever. So give him some time. He has done every thing asked of him since he's been here. That should be worth something to us as fans.
He is not the problem with this team. He's the least of them.