May 26, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) reacts during a timeout against the Miami Heat in game four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers want Roy Hibbert to find Hall of Fame mentor

The Indiana Pacers know that trading center Roy Hibbert won’t be easy.

Sure, they could likely sell him to a team willing to absorb his extremely lucrative contract, but they’d get zero talent in return. So unless the Pacers simply want to rid themselves of Hibbert’s albatross of a contract, they’ll likely end up keeping the former Georgetown product.

If they do however, they want the former All-Star to work on his game however and to find a Hall of Fame mentor who can help him progress to the next level.

Speaking to ESPN, Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird hinted he wants Hibbert under the tool-age of a fellow legend.

“Roy’s never asked us to go bring someone in,” Bird, the Pacers’ president of basketball operations, said. “I always say big guys are different. I would encourage Roy to try to get with one of the greats. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the best teachers. Bill Walton is great. They know how to play the position as well as anyone ever has. I would encourage that.”

Will it work? That remains to be seen. We’ve seen Hall of Fame players work with a multitude of players before and sometimes there’s a near instant, noticeable change. Other times it’s more gradual in nature while sometimes it doesn’t work at all.

Still, Hibbert’s just a season removed from being what many felt was a difference maker in the postseason and with a little motivation and guidance, it’s hard to think he can’t return to form.

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