Roy Hibbert was really upset over the 99-76 loss the Indiana Pacers suffered at the hands of the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night. He was so upset that he even walked off the court without offering any kind of congratulations to his opponents.
What a horrible human, right?
Actually, it seems more likely that Hibbert was just upset about the way he and his team performed in what was collectively the biggest game any of them had ever been a part of.
Hibbert himself had a fine game, scoring 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, but he grabbed just eight rebounds in a game where the Pacers were outrebounded 43 to 36.
Indiana had a chance to go to its first NBA Finals since 2000, but they fell short, and they did so in an embarrassing way on national television.
Of course, we could all just go ahead and flip out on Hibbert just like we did LeBron James back in 2009 after the Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Orlando Magic.
This is one of those things that we like to look at and turn it into something bigger than it actually is, especially when it's a marquee player doing the handshake snubbing.
It wasn't a big deal when LeBron did it (although we all talked about it like it was), and it's not a big deal now.
Whether it's Hibbert or LeBron or anyone else: Do we really care if guys shake hands after games? Should we?— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) June 4, 2013
Sure, it's nice to see players shake hands and make nice following a series, especially one as closely contested as Indiana-Miami was, but emotions run high following games, so it's understandable that a few players could blow it off.
It's not like hockey, where there is a long-standing tradition regarding the postgame handshake.