Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 at 9:50 am  |  21 responses

Roy Hibbert Training With Tim Duncan

While bragging about training with Tim Duncan, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert scoffed at fellow NBAers playing in Pro Ams throughout the summer. Per Hibbert’s Twitter and the Pacers’ website: “I seek out the best 2work out w/. No pro ams. In Texas 2work w/ a HOFer. How u gonna get better paying against scrubs’ [...] For the past few years, Pacers center Roy Hibbert has spent time during his summer working out with some of the all-time great big men in NBA history. Three years ago, it was Hall of Famer center Bill Walton. More recently, it has been with his mentor, Tim Duncan — one of the most consistent and talented bigs in the league over the last three decades. Since being drafted No. 1 by the Spurs in 1997, he has led them to incredible success, including four NBA Titles. [...] Hibbert said in late July that the plan was to work out with Duncan ‘for a week or two, probably in August.’ As expected, he went into Duncan’s training grounds in San Antonio on Monday for a workout with fellow bigs. How serious is Big Roy about soaking in all he could from Duncan, both on the court and in the weight room? Hibbert brought his strength coach, Mike Robertson, with him. Hibbert greatly respects Duncan’s game and the two are close friends. They text often throughout the season, with Hibbert trying to absorb as much as he can from the future Hall of Famer.”

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  • BenJW

    Duncan: “Hey Roy, I’ll teach you everything I know…as long as I don’t have to play LeBron again.”

  • Busta213

    Its not like playing in pro-ams stops you from working out with trainers, HOFers or other stars……

  • Dfrance

    He just mad no one asked his big slow floppy foot self to play on their pro-am team.

  • Dfrance

    You know how it goes, if you’re not training at an NBA facility with a HOF caliber training staff 24/7, you obviously don’t care about your game and getting better.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    One of the many retard narratives of the NBA.

  • Busta213

    Lol, those games are probably soo guard-centric that he’d just be rebounding

  • whooo!

    in all honesty, dude’s totally on point. seek out the best, and be humble enough to learn from them while showing respect. Hibbert as a rookie was just big and slow and could’ve easily been a bust. Dwight was a phenom with all the physical gifts in the world. look at how differently their actual skillsets have progressed (5yrs Hibbert vs 9yrs for Dwight).

  • whooo!

    and if Hibbert is training with Duncan, Tiago Splitter and his sorry ass hookshot better be there as well!

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Hibbert is learning from the best here.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Stay humble Roy.

  • Busta213

    1) How is saying “you cant learn from scrubs” a humble perspective?

    2) I like how you make it sound like Hibbert is some kind of under dog at 7ft 2, 280 lbs

    3) . I also like how you make it sound like Hibbs has progressed ahead of Dwight, but Hibbs was putting up 12pts and 8bds last season. Thats nothing to get too excited about…..and they are near enough the same age

  • NoahGordon

    Hibbert’s gonna learn more with Duncan in two weeks than Dwight with the Dream in one year.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Spot on sir spot on.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they aren’t guard centric. they are athlete centric. guys like Kwame Alexander and Amir Johnson are out there getting tons of easy buckets

  • Youngindy21

    1) Well, it’s the truth. If you want to be the best you have to learn from the best. If you keep playing against the same level of talent then you will never get better. There is nothing overly arrogant about what he said.

    2. Hibbert is kind of an underdog as he wasn’t a lottery pick and has transformed himself into one of the league’s best centers.

    3. Hibbert has progressed ahead of Dwight in terms of his post game. Heck even Gasol and Noah have progressed of ahead of Dwight as well.

  • Youngindy21

    Hibbert gonna have a ring before Dwight and Dwight been in the league 4 more years than Hibbert.

  • TheBigL

    Roy’s text message be “Hey, Tim. I’d love to work out with you. #nohomo”

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  • Max

    I hate how people are overrating Hibs because of how he played against the Knicks and Heat.

  • Busta213

    1) A more humble perspective would be to accept that you can learn from lots of people. E.g. If he played in pro ams – he’d have to run – so maybe that would help his speed and conditioning(which frankly is not the best).
    2) We are talking about the NBA – where a laughing stock like Kwame still regularly gets jobs because he is tall and can play some D. Just by being better than awful, Hibbs was going to get multiple chances. Again 12pts 8rbs is not earth shattering.
    3) They have more skill? So? When Shaq was playing I could name a dozen centers who had better post skills, but guess what? Almost all were less effective. Same applies to Hibbs compared to D12 (and Dwight had a bad year). In terms of being the better player, no they have not progressed past Dwight.
    + Wake me up when dude averages a double double for the first time….

  • Busta213

    Makes sense