Roy Hibbert was fired up when he joined the show yesterday.
Fresh off his memorable block of Carmelo Anthony in the series-clinching Game 6 victory over the Knicks, the Pacers big man talked to us about the rejection, Lance Stephenson’s maturation, and what ‘Turnt Up’ means – among many other topics.
Hibbert wasn’t happy about not being selected to the NBA All-Defensive Team, but he said that didn’t have much effect on his one-on-one matchup with All-Defensive First Team pick Tyson Chandler, who he dominated in their series win over the Knicks:
The highlight of our conversation was when Roy opened up on his feelings about Stephen A. Smith. I wrote yesterday about Stephen A. saying that he “wasn’t going to give Hibbert a cookie” for the big fourth quarter play against the Knicks. Here was his response to that:
The above is what Roy doesn't give when it comes to Stephen A.
Roy didn’t take the bait when pressed on the LeBron-Vogel controversy nontroversy that has sprouted up this week, calling Miami “the best team” and shrugging off the four-time MVP’s comments. But, clearly, he and the Pacers are eager to get a second shot at the team that ended their season a year ago.
Hear the full interview here.
Stephen A. Smith isn’t impressed with Roy Hibbert.
Instead of praising Hibbert’s game-changing block of Carmelo Anthony in Saturday night’s series clinching victory, Smith said he “wasn’t going to give a cookie” to Roy for the rejection. There’s no question that the block was the turning point, as the Pacers outscored the Knicks 16-7 down the stretch to turn a two-point deficit into a 106-99 win. Hibbert had five in the game, and his defense was the deciding factor of the entire series.
A season-defining (and perhaps season-saving) moment for the Pacers
In sports media today, local markets all over the country are peppered with former players, former coaches, employees, and/or fans of the home team. Heck, I can't take a holier-than-thou approach myself being a Giants, Yankees, and Knicks (<ducks for cover>) fan because of where I grew up. I try not to let those allegiances bleed into anything I say on the show, or write on here, but I'd be lying if I said that it never did. Nationally, Tony Dungy discusses Peyton Manning’s legacy, Antonio Davis is breaking down the Pacers-Heat series, and Thom Brennaman does national TV Reds broadcasts. You’re never going to get 100% objectivity, but those guys try their best to put personal feelings aside and be professional – challenging as that may be. I’m not so sure Stephen A. is even trying. Check out this tweet from yesterday:
I'm DEPRESSED right now, Ladies and Gentlemen. Not going to lie. Can't sleep. Won't eat. Don't wanna work! But I'll be on FIRST TAKE in AM.— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) May 19, 2013
Regardless of whether Stephen A. deems Hibbert worthy of praise, his Knicks have gone fishin’.
I can live with personal bias in sports. It happens all the time in news and politics. All I ask is that talking heads try their best to be objective. It doesn't appear that is the case here.
UPDATE: Roy will join us on the show today at about 3:45. We'll give him plenty of cookies.