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Seriously, what is wrong with that super gross elbow? It’s like his elbow needed nutrients so a doctor injected a bolus of fluids in to it like a vet would to a dog’s belly after they’ve drank a bit too much pond water and get dehydrated. You know exactly what I’m talking about.

To put it more clearly, Roy Hibbert’s elbow looks like a knee.

(via Reddit, from this video)

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All things considered, pretty good year for Roy Hibbert newspaper-wise.

(via EOB)

I know the Eastern Conference finals is over, but I’d still like to see a chug-off between Hibbert and LeBron James. And I think I’d pick LeBron, but just barely. Better form, more head-tilty.

(via the Gregory Brothers)

If you were wondering how many offensive rebounds is too many offensive rebounds to allow to one man, this is the answer. That is way too many offensive rebounds.

(via HoopSpeak)

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Pretty excellent bit of trickery and trivia in Lee Jenkins’ excellent Sports Illustrated profile of the Pacers’ Paul George, but you’re going to have to set your brain clock back to the summer of 2010 to have it make sense. Just think about the World Cup or something.

[Agent Aaron] Mintz sent [George] to train with another client in L.A., Indiana forward Danny Granger, and they grew so close that George celebrated his 19th birthday at Granger’s house. The Pacers held the 10th pick and were interested in George, even though he played the same position as Granger and represented a potential quarterback controversy. “He was raw,” said former Pacers general manager David Morway, “but you saw his athleticism and agility. He has all the attributes you want to build a team around.” Seeking a scouting report from one of his own, Bird asked Mintz to have Granger call him. But by the day of the draft, at 1 a.m., Bird still had not heard from Granger, and he’d left two messages himself. Mintz called Granger and told him to put his phone on mute. Then he dialed George, and without telling him, looped Granger into the call. Mintz asked George, “Where do you want to go in the draft tomorrow?”

“Indiana,” George replied.

“Why?” Mintz asked.

“I think I can learn so much from Danny.”

Mintz hung up on George and asked Granger, “Can you call Bird now?”

Against his self-interest, Granger gave a glowing endorsement[.]

Little did Danny Granger know that within three years Paul George would grow to stand 8-foot-4, be an All-Star, All-Defense and All-NBA team member and the league’s Most Improved Player. Granger’s reluctant recommendation might have been “glowing,” but nothing can be that glowing unless he was talking about the incandescent properties of tungsten.

Nonetheless, risky play by the agent here. Things sure have worked out great for the Pacers, but the idea of getting an All-Star to recommend that his team draft a player at his position is probably a pretty tough sell. Then when the All-Star gets hurt, and the recommended player becomes an All-Star, said agent probably has a lot of conflicting interests going on. I’m not really in the business of feeling bad for agents, but I can definitely understand Granger’s initial reluctance to make the call, especially because what I’m sure he was worried about — being surpassed as the best player and face of the franchise by a guy who is on the team partially because of Granger’s own recommendation — eventually came true, and I’m sure that could be hard to deal with. It’s a tangled web we weave.

Now all the Pacers need is for Paul George to call them and say that Danny Granger’s still got it, that his knees are actually capable of functioning in an NBA setting and that they’re currently planning a huge joint birthday party to unveil the latest modifications to Granger’s Batcave. Though if that doesn’t work out, it sure sounds like Granger would be a decent talent evaluator, and it’s always good to have a backup plan.

Yeah, but do Pacers fans think he should be ashamed of himself? Inquiring minds in Memphis want to know.

Either way, lots of flop-shaming going around these days. Stay on your toes, everyone.

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Sometimes someone mentions something to you and you just have to do a full-on investigation about what they said. Last night, when some Twitter bro named Osman asked me, “Does anyone on the Pacers have sideburns?,” was one of those times. The answer may shock you.

As you can see in the mosaic up top, and will see down below, the Indiana Pacers are one of the most sideburnophobic teams in the NBA this season. I’ve ordered every Pacer that’s played a second in the postseason from most sideburned to least sideburned, just so you can see how much these guys hate the most innocuous of facial hair. Let’s go.

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Sam Young
Sam Young may be the worst regular rotation player who is still left in the playoffs, but at least he understands the benefit of connecting your beard to your head hair. It’s a lesson that many of his Pacers teammates have yet to learn.

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Ben Hansbrough
Not only does BenBrough have a standard haircut that keeps the very basic sideburn around, he also appears to have tiny ant-trails burns that you see at proms across the nation. However, I will admit that I might be giving him too much credit for not really being able to grow facial hair.

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Tyler Hansbrough
No extended sideburns for TyBrough, but at least he hasn’t completely eliminated their launch zone like most other guys on the team. This is the standard no-sideburns trim spot.

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Ian Mahinmi
This is basically the same thing as Tyler Hansbrough’s haircut. No long sideburns again, but at least they’re trimmed off at the usual top of the jaw/mid-ear location.

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