Roy Hibbert Rips into Indiana Pacers: 'Some Selfish Dudes in Here'

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2014

USA Today

Sharing is caring.

In the Indiana Pacers' case, sharing is also a means to pacify the disgruntled, brutally critical Roy Hibbert.

Hibbert had some harsh words for some of his teammates following a loss to the Washington Wizards, who shall remain nameless because, well, the Big H wouldn't name them.

"Some selfish dudes in here," a brooding Hibbert said, per's David Aldridge. "Some selfish dudes. I'm tired of talking about it. We've been talking about it for a month."

Full disclosure: I'm not 100 percent certain Hibbert wasn't complaining about the Pacers' lack of snack-time cohesion. It's very possible that David West doesn't share his Chewy Chips Ahoy! brownie-filled cookies at halftime.

Using methods of complex and unparalleled deduction, though, we're able to assume that Hibbert is actually lamenting Indiana's lack of ball movement—which is weird.

Listening to Hibbert give offensive advice is a lot like urging Stephen Curry to accept point guard tips from Raymond Felton. Hibbert is averaging just 11.1 points per contest this season, isn't an accomplished passer and he remains prone to offensive vanishing acts that span games at a time.

Against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Hibbert was an unimpressive 2-of-9 from the field. Yet he's clearly not complaining about his number of shot attempts. Nine is right around his season average of 9.3.

More likely than not, he's referencing the Pacers' collective offensive failures, which is understandable considering they rank dead last in offensive efficiency, per (subscription required) over their last eight games.

The absence of ball movement, coupled with poor floor spacing and an erratic Paul George, has doomed the Pacers offense. They're dishing out just over 16 assists per game through their last eight—last in the league—worse than their already bad season average of 20 (28th).

Giving up the ball wasn't necessarily the problem in Cleveland. The Pacers handed out 21 assists against the Cavs, cause enough for celebration by their standards. Unfortunately for them, they only made 29 shots, so while selfishness is typically an issue, a lack of accuracy was their bigger downfall Sunday.

All of which begs the question: Who was Hibbert talking about?

George? Lance Stephenson? George Hill? 

It doesn't really matter at this juncture. The Pacers have lost five of their last seven games. This is no time to take things personally. It's time to fix what's ailing the entire team.

"Yeah, I would say (so)," West said when asked if the Pacers had hit rock bottom, per the Indianapolis Star's Candace Buckner. "We can't get—I don't know what else we can do."

Moving the ball more would be a good place to start—assuming, of course, that West is already sharing his halftime treats.