After the Los Angeles Lakers could not land an All-Star in free agency, general manager Mitch Kupchak and company ultimately traded for Indiana Pacers center, Roy Hibbert. Following a disappointing season, Hibbert has already lost 16 pounds this off-season.
In a recent interview with TNT’s David Aldridge, Hibbert shared he wanted to play for a coach who actually played in the NBA if he had a choice:
I wanted to play for a coach who actually played in the league if I had my own choice. Not to say that Frank (Vogel) wasn’t great. I had some real good times with Frank and we played well. But I told my agent that I possibly wanted to play for a coach that played in the league.
Fortunately for Hibbert, head coach Byron Scott played for the Lakers during the ‘Showtime’ era where he won three championships. During his 11 seasons in Los Angeles, Scott averaged 15.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
Heading into the new season, Hibbert is in the final year of his contract and has the opportunity to re-establish himself as one of the league’s best rim protectors. In seven seasons with the Pacers, Hibbert has averaged 11.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks.