Hibbert Answered the Call for Better Play

AP Photo

WASHINGTON -- Roy Hibbert's cell phone rang at 11:30 on Sunday night, nine hours after the Indiana Pacers' center continued his awful start to the 2012-13 season with a six-point, six-turnover effort in a blowout loss to the New York Knicks. Surprised, Hibbert picked up the phone and saw a familiar man's number: Frank Vogel's.

The Pacers' coach was simply calling to let his center know that he was still behind him. In return, Hibbert made Vogel a promise: he would score 20 points and grab 10 rebounds against the Washington Wizards the next night.

Then, he did it.

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

Unselfish Heat Piling Up the Points

Mike Berardino, South Florida Sun Sentinel - November 8, 2012

How ridiculously talented are the Heat this year? How ruthlessly efficient has Showtime East been on offense through five games? It's actually become a fair question to wonder whether the Heat at times pass up too many open... more »

Lakers' Strange Season Gets Stranger

Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times - November 7, 2012

Steve Blake has been punished by the league office for yelling at Lance Jackson, the adult son of Steve Jackson, a footwear mogul and longtime Lakers fan known for his block of eight courtside seats. Next thing you know, Laker... more »

Rush to Judgement Upset Harden

Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports - November 7, 2012

HOUSTON – Even with the rapid embrace of life as the franchise player for the Houston Rockets, something still troubles All-Star guard James Harden about the way his departure unfolded with the Oklahoma City Thunder: Why... more »

Nets Suddenly Making Brooklyn Hip

Peter Schrager, GQ - November 9, 2012

For nearly four decades, the New Jersey Nets languished in Big Apple obscurity out in the swamps of the Meadowlands. They reached the NBA Finals twice in the early 2000s, but those appearances barely moved the New York City... more »

Lakers' Stumbling Start Steams Kobe

Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times - November 8, 2012

Kobe Bryant started walking off the court with about five seconds left, disgusted by the Lakers' effort, turning around only to see that Metta World Peace missed a last-second shot. Then he continued toward the locker room, his... more »