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07:01 AM ET 06.04 | Upon the conclusion of their Eastern Conference final, most of the Pacers made their way over to the Heat to congratulate them for advancing. But there were two players who had zero interest in shaking hands with the team they'll continue to chase as long as LeBron James is on the Heat. ... [Roy Hibbert and David West] weren't interested with shaking hands, giving daps or giving hugs to the Heat. For West, it's simple. He's old school. ... For Hibbert, it was different. He's never played with any of the Heat players. He respects them, but it wasn't the time to be crashing their party. "I know some of our guys have played on teams with some of them, but I don't know them personally," Hibbert explained to The Star. "It was their moment because they won."

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June 4, 2013  07:26 AM ET

This is where Hibbert is wrong. Even though they were enemies for 7 games, they're still NBA families the rest of their career. Don't be a bad loser. Not everybody will get that trophy at the end of the year. You still need to show class.

June 4, 2013  07:33 AM ET

"I???m a competitor. If somebody beats you up, you???re not going to congratulate them. It doesn???t make sense for me to go over and shake somebody???s hand.??? -- Lebron James, June 2009 after losing in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Magic.

June 4, 2013  07:36 AM ET

Players do this all the time, not everyone feels like being buddies after a hard fought series like that.

June 4, 2013  07:46 AM ET

It's about respect. Lebron was blasted when he left the court without shaking hands, he was called a sore loser and such, and although the microscope and pressure isn't as big for Hibbert as it was for Lebron, you should show respect and class.
Hibbert just doesn't like the Heat though. He was kneed in the crotch by Battier, pushed to the floor for no reason by Birdman, D Wade had a jumping elbow into Stephenson's head (which maybe was inadvertent) and maybe Hibbert figured some of those plays showed a lack of class and he wasn't going to show that team any respect for playing that way.
Overall though, people are going to respect the Pacers after this series though, just for the fact that they made it to game seven against the Heat.

June 4, 2013  07:48 AM ET

Roy, Roy, Roy, not cool at all.

Anyways, I don't hear anyone singing Spo praises for the wonderful way it took him ONLY 7 games to start doubling the post to speed the Pacers up.

Also notice how it only took Spo like 7 games to finally bench a player that was playing horribly, Battier. I mean damm how many bricks did he have to chunk at the rim before he went with someone else.

But sometimes being a great coach is just having the correct player on your team. Yeah right...

COATTAILER!

June 4, 2013  07:55 AM ET

Uhhhhhhhh....GO CAVS!

June 4, 2013  07:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It's about respect. Lebron was blasted when he left the court without shaking hands, he was called a sore loser and such, and although the microscope and pressure isn't as big for Hibbert as it was for Lebron, you should show respect and class. Hibbert just doesn't like the Heat though. He was kneed in the crotch by Battier, pushed to the floor for no reason by Birdman, D Wade had a jumping elbow into Stephenson's head (which maybe was inadvertent) and maybe Hibbert figured some of those plays showed a lack of class and he wasn't going to show that team any respect for playing that way. Overall though, people are going to respect the Pacers after this series though, just for the fact that they made it to game seven against the Heat.

First of all Hibbert should have fouled out. When he met Lebron in the air at the rim, he didn't go straight up, he drifted into Lebron with his body and it should have been called a foul.

Another thing that was quite obvious is that the NBA needed a deep series or casual fans may have lost complete interest in the NBA playoffs with a lot of stars being hurt.

It was obvious because the way they officiated games 1 and 2 which was completly different from last night. Boy was it different. Games 1 and 2 Lebron, Dwade, Bosh stayed in foul trouble. But not last night. In games 1 and 2 the Pacers really benefit from those calls because they shoot FTs well and they get to set their defense.

Kinda funny how when the refs let them play, they beat the crap out of the Pacers and when the refs got involve the underdog got the help they needed. HMMMMMM

June 4, 2013  08:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

First of all Hibbert should have fouled out. When he met Lebron in the air at the rim, he didn't go straight up, he drifted into Lebron with his body and it should have been called a foul.Another thing that was quite obvious is that the NBA needed a deep series or casual fans may have lost complete interest in the NBA playoffs with a lot of stars being hurt.It was obvious because the way they officiated games 1 and 2 which was completly different from last night. Boy was it different. Games 1 and 2 Lebron, Dwade, Bosh stayed in foul trouble. But not last night. In games 1 and 2 the Pacers really benefit from those calls because they shoot FTs well and they get to set their defense.Kinda funny how when the refs let them play, they beat the crap out of the Pacers and when the refs got involve the underdog got the help they needed. HMMMMMM

What?

June 4, 2013  08:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

It was obvious because the way they officiated games 1 and 2 which was completly different from last night. Boy was it different

I believe jet calls this the "Tilt Theory".

June 4, 2013  08:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Players do this all the time, not everyone feels like being buddies after a hard fought series like that.

I hate shaking hands after a win or loss. We were there to play and get a result. Once the game is over, go on about your business.

June 4, 2013  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I hate shaking hands after a win or loss. We were there to play and get a result. Once the game is over, go on about your business.

I agree, this new over the top politically correct world we live in demands we all shut up and color. Screw that, I just lost a tough 7 game series, I'm not trying to talk to anyone.

June 4, 2013  08:19 AM ET

Roy and West are under no obligation to do anything after the game for Heat. If they don't want to, they don't have to.

June 4, 2013  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I agree, this new over the top politically correct world we live in demands we all shut up and color. Screw that, I just lost a tough 7 game series, I'm not trying to talk to anyone.

fa sho

my girlfriend asked me one day after a softball game that we lost how come I didn't do the walkthrough handshake.

"we just lost a game, losing isn't a good feeling, I hate losing. Why do I wanna congratulate them?"

She still doesn't understand.

June 4, 2013  08:26 AM ET

This ain't hockey...

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June 4, 2013  08:34 AM ET

100% poor sportsmanship.

June 4, 2013  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Roy, Roy, Roy, not cool at all. Anyways, I don't hear anyone singing Spo praises for the wonderful way it took him ONLY 7 games to start doubling the post to speed the Pacers up.Also notice how it only took Spo like 7 games to finally bench a player that was playing horribly, Battier. I mean damm how many bricks did he have to chunk at the rim before he went with someone else.But sometimes being a great coach is just having the correct player on your team. Yeah right...COATTAILER!

Dang, like always very negative. You should give credit where credit is due. Your problem is that you think everything should be perfect. Too bad you didn't know that the other team had so much to do w/ the game plan also. Too bad that you didn't know that some players have to show up. Now you can hate on the Spurs more because they're playing your Heat. You'll never be a great coach w/ the way you talk here. You should never alienate any of your players. Each one is dependent on each other. The 10th man is as important as the 5th man....

June 4, 2013  08:47 AM ET

This was a different series but the Pacers are not rivals of the Heat so I would have shaken hands. When there is true hatred on the verge of fighting verbal trash talking or guys getting put out year in and year out I might understand not shaking hands. To each his own though he don't have to shake hands though

June 4, 2013  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Players do this all the time, not everyone feels like being buddies after a hard fought series like that.

Right! I wouldn't have shaken hands either. What is he a diplomat? He's an NBA player who isn't obligated to shake hands. I applaud him for being genuine. Don't be phony and shake my hand just because you think you should. People kill me with this nonsense.

 
June 4, 2013  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Roy and West are under no obligation to do anything after the game for Heat. If they don't want to, they don't have to.

BINGO!

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