You're going to see Andre Drummond and Roy Hibbert battle it out many times in the near and distant future, and the Indiana Pacers' big man has now all but guaranteed that Drummond's mouth will be flapping frequently each time.
On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Pacers bested the Detroit Pistons, winning 99-91 as Hibbert proved his superiority over Drummond on the court. The 7'2" center held his younger counterpart to six points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block while recording eight points, 10 rebounds, two assists and seven rejections of his own.
But he still lost the battle by opening his mouth after the game.
According to Terry Foster of The Detroit News, Hibbert is no longer a fan of Drummond:
To tell you the truth I was a fan of his until tonight. He is a real good prospect, but it seemed like he was running his mouth a little bit tonight. He has a tremendous future, but I was a fan of his. I thought he was supposed to have a breakout year this year. Best of luck to him. He can dunk the ball real well and he can block shots and he can rebound. He is going to have a bright future—but I was a fan of his.
I can't be the only one emphasizing all of the past tense verbs in that quote when reading through it.
He was a fan.
Hibbert also looked down on the way Drummond played, frustrated by the physicality and the way Drummond made him engage in physical battles on almost every trip down the court.
But as NBC Sports' Dan Feldman explained, why bother running your mouth after the game? Let the play on the court do the talking, because you're letting Drummond win by acknowledging his trash talk and physical play. "Knowing he bothered Hibbert will only keep Drummond on this track," Feldman wrote, and he's completely right.
You know who else is well aware of this?
Drummond, who acknowledged—per Foster—that Hibbert "needs to get used to it." And it's true. Can you imagine how Hibbert would react to playing against Michael Jordan, Larry Bird or Gary Payton? With them in his ear, he would have been extremely distracted.
In fact, I'll take it one step further than Feldman did.
By acknowledging that he wasn't a fan of Drummond's motor mouth, Hibbert just opened himself up to a world of trash-talking throughout the 2013-14 campaign. It would be shocking if opposing centers kept their mouths closed from this point forward.
At the end of the day, though, Hibbert can fire back with the ultimate silencer: "We're undefeated."
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