Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert has had enough of the lack of recognition that he and his team have received this season and attacked the national media for failing to recognize him in epic fashion following a Game 6 win in Indianapolis on Saturday night.
When asked how he inexplicably finished 10th in the NBA Defensive Player of the Year voting, he vented in glorious fashion:
“You know what, because y’all motherf—ers don’t watch us play throughout the year, to tell you the truth,” Hibbert said, during a live-stream news conference following Indiana’s 91-77 victory . “I’m going to be real with you, and I don’t care if I get fined. We play, we’re not on tV all the time. Reporters are the ones that are voting. It is what it is. If I don’t make it, that’s fine. I’m still going to do what I have to do.”
For Pacers fans, seeing him blossom has been a welcome sight and will give their beloved franchise a legitimate chance at pulling off one of the biggest upsets in sports this year should they defeat the Miami Heat at home on Monday.
Hibbert has a right to be upset, however, and fans on the West Coast feel his pain. Aside from Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest media market, the West Coast gets little love when it comes to national coverage and recognition.
Case in point was Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry‘s All-Star game snub this past season. He was the best player not to make this year’s squad, and in retrospect, everyone missed on just how special of a player he was.
The same goes for Hibbert.
He’s been in a Midwestern bubble of sorts, quietly putting up numbers — even as recently as these playoffs, that have gone relatively unnoticed. While averaging a modest 11.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game during the regular season, he was second in the NBA in total blocked shots with 206 (2.6 per game) and defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) with a mark of 96.9
There’s no problem with the former Georgetown Hoya sticking up for himself and small market sports in general. With the steady stream of information existent in today’s world, there’s no excuse for such an oversight. The real shame of the matter is the fact that it took such an incident to spark up the conversation.
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