NBA: Indiana Pacers Center Roy Hibbert Will See a Sports Psychologist

Chris Faig@@ULuminaryCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Roy Hibbert #55 of the Indiana Pacers dunks the ball over Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the fourth quarter at Staples Center on November 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Pacers defeated the Lakers 95-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Indiana Pacers Center Roy Hibbert has gotten off to an excellent start this season, creating much buzz around the league as one of the most improved players in the NBA. But recently, Hibbert has lost some confidence, and now will see some further help.

Hibbert told the Indianapolis Star, "Going to talk to somebody is not perceived as a bad thing anymore. Other players have done it, and the way things have gone, it has taken a toll on me."

Hibbert will see a sports psychologist when the Pacers return to Indianapolis from their two-game road trip, which ends in Philadelphia on Tuesday. He has begun to see a larger role with this organization, and as he struggles, the team will struggle.  

The fact that Hibbert wants to see help and fix any problems that may occur should be a sign of the future of this young man as a pro. He's in his third year in the NBA, is averaging 13.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.82 BPG, and 2.5 APG, and he still wants to get better.  

When asked if his recent struggles were mental, by the Star, Hibbert replied saying, "It is mental. I need to keep working to get through this."  

Indiana Pacers Head Coach Jim O'Brien realizes Hibbert's impact on this team, and his recent problems in the low post. "That's obviously a major, major problem for us because he's our low post threat. If you're not getting something down in the low post, then you have to manufacture ways to score."

The Pacers are now 14-20, sitting in the seventh seeding for the Eastern Conference, searching for their first playoff appearance in four years.

If Hibbert can fix the current problems that he's having with his game, then he will eventually be one of the most dominating centers in the game, on a very promising team that is only getting better.