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Hall of Famer working with Hibbert's body, mind, spirit and soul

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07:19 AM ET 08.06 | Thanks to a favor called in by Larry Bird, Hall of Fame big man Bill Walton -- who gave credit to Bird for the "life that I do have" -- is working with young Pacers big man Roy Hibbert. The two begin their day with a working breakfast and film study at 9 a.m. before heading to the weightroom for awhile, and then to the court for conditioning and drills work. After lunch, which of course includes more film study, it's back to the weightroom and then to the court before the day ends around 5 p.m. "My responsibility, my job is to help Roy build the foundation, give him the tools he needs to learn, give him the ability to learn how to compete and then to be able to transpose that in the body, mind, spirit and soul of someone who's 23 years old and with the weight of the world on his shoulders," said Walton. "In this league, you win when you control the paint and, as a 7-2, 260-pound winner of the genetic lottery, that's what he has to do for this franchise."

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August 6, 2010  08:29 AM ET

he's gonna turn hibbert into a lean, mean,grateful dead lovin, ty-dye jersey wearing....machine

August 6, 2010  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

he's gonna turn hibbert into a lean, mean,grateful dead lovin, ty-dye jersey wearing....machine

Hibert will always be Hibert... as the old saying goes... ring or no ring a **** will be a ****.

August 6, 2010  08:35 AM ET

Rest-assured, Hibbert will learn the Pyramid of Success.

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August 6, 2010  08:54 AM ET

Frankly - It can't hurt - The guy is still young and still has an upside if he gets his **** together....

August 6, 2010  08:59 AM ET

who?

August 6, 2010  09:04 AM ET

Word is Eddy Curry came for the working breakfast and then left ;)

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August 6, 2010  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Word is Eddy Curry came for the working breakfast and then left ;)

I can't wait to have him show up to training camp oversized and get suspended without pay.

August 6, 2010  09:44 AM ET

Hibbert and Thibbet seem to have similar issues..eerie double b's in surnames, shot blockers who are athletically stiff, from programs known to put out pros (g-town, UCONN) i say give them a few years and we have Mutumbo clones for the next 10 years....

August 6, 2010  09:51 AM ET

Better keep your day job, Bro.

August 6, 2010  10:00 AM ET

Sorry Granger, but the Pacers will be Big Roys' team in a few years.

August 6, 2010  10:09 AM ET

Why Walton? Wouldn't Akeem make more sense? I though Bill was suffering from back problems so it must be limiting his movement.

It's no wonder Luke has back problems. It must be in their genes........

August 6, 2010  10:15 AM ET
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Why Walton? Wouldn't Akeem make more sense? I though Bill was suffering from back problems so it must be limiting his movement.It's no wonder Luke has back problems. It must be in their genes........

the dream's working with superman i thought... (sounds like a comic book arc)

August 6, 2010  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Hibbert and Thibbet seem to have similar issues..eerie double b's in surnames, shot blockers who are athletically stiff, from programs known to put out pros (g-town, UCONN) i say give them a few years and we have Mutumbo clones for the next 10 years....

And being a Mutumbo clone wouldnt be such a bad thing for Thibbett...I think that is what he should aspire for...As for Hibbert I think maybe a career like Nene is where he is headed....

August 6, 2010  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

the dream's working with superman i thought... (sounds like a comic book arc)

I think he is but is it an exclusive contract? Akeem can make some "change" by working with young bigs with potential. I don't know if he could top the Pete Newell Big Man camp though.

August 6, 2010  10:36 AM ET
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I think he is but is it an exclusive contract? Akeem can make some "change" by working with young bigs with potential. I don't know if he could top the Pete Newell Big Man camp though.

It seems some type of camp is needed for young centers more now than ever, i had a stupor of thought trying to think of true centers... i really like thibbet, but i fare his draft position (and its expectation) will remain in his psyche and be his undoing

August 6, 2010  10:37 AM ET

*fear

August 6, 2010  10:39 AM ET

P.S. i'm impressed that you'd be cognizant of the impact Pete Newell had on KAJ...

 
August 6, 2010  10:44 AM ET
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And being a Mutumbo clone wouldnt be such a bad thing for Thibbett...I think that is what he should aspire for...As for Hibbert I think maybe a career like Nene is where he is headed....

agreed....hibbert's not as athletic as Nene, then again after all the injuries neither is Nene

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