Discover Boating is willing to find out, per Scott Agness of Pacers.com:
The folks at @discoverboating have offered to take the entire Pacers team fishing prior to Game 5 after the success it had on Roy in Game 2.— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) May 9, 2014
Remember how bad Hibbert had been playing?
Serving as a microcosm for the team as a whole, he was putting up historically awful numbers for a player who'd made the All-Star team during the very same season. Goose eggs galore littered his box scores, including the dreaded zero-point, zero-rebound outing in Game 1 against the Washington Wizards.
He wasn't just an Internet punchline; he'd become the Internet punchline.
But in Game 2, Hibbert flat-out exploded, recording 28 points, nine rebounds and an assist on 10-of-13 shooting from the field. It was a far cry from the 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds he'd averaged during the eight prior postseason games, especially since he was shooting just 35.6 percent during that stretch.
But why? What changed?
Apparently the peace and quiet of a fishing trip can do all sorts of wonders for the psyche. Here's Hibbert himself, speaking on what he credits with turning his playoffs around (at least for now), via Pacers.com's Mark Montieth:
Yesterday after practice, he [Paul George] invited me out on his boat and we fished for about two hours, and just relaxed and didn't talk about basketball. We just talked about life and trying to catch some bass. He reached out and got my mind off things. Hopefully it’s something I can build on, and he’s a great teammate, so I really do appreciate him reaching out because he didn't have to.
As Bleacher Report's Dan Favale wrote, "The path to solidarity, self-confidence and an uptick in rebounding totals is a long, winding and sometimes painful road. Rather than walk, take George's boat."
But the Pacers obviously can't all fit into George's boat. That's just too many people, and the result would be an aquatic vessel sinking and becoming a depressing imitation of Indiana's season.
And that's where Discover Boating steps in.
If the Pacers take it up on this offer—and if it works—we could see a serious increase in fishing interest among NBA players. You might be able to hang out at your local rod-and-reel store if you want to meet a struggling star from the Association.