Roy Hibbert and Paul George Train MMA

You have probably already seen this video. I had. I don’t think we ran it here when it came out this summer, however, because, as you may have noticed, we weren’t really paying much attention to what was going on this summer.

In the midst of the growing media man-crush on Roy Hibbert (and to a lesser degree the entire Pacers team), others are starting to discover how Roy spent his summer. As you will see below, it mostly involved kicking things, crawling around on the floor until he collapsed and sweating a lot.

Also … cracking jokes about whether or not he will use his new mixed martial arts training to actually fight people.

“Nah. I’m pretty. I’m handsome. I don’t feel like getting my face smashed in by elbows. So I just think I’m just going to train to stay in shape.”

NBA writer extraordinaire Sam Amick recently talked to Hibbert about his slimmed down frame.

The new-and-(most) improved Hibbert has gone from 278 pounds to 255 while seeing his body fat decrease from 14 percent to eight percent.

“Those (MMA) guys, I feel like, are the best conditioned athletes, so three days a week, I did punching, knees, everything you see those guys do on (the Ultimate Fighting Championships), I was doing that,” Hibbert said. “It got me in tip-top shape. I’d go to Fortville, Ind., drive like 40 minutes after my (basketball) workouts (in the summer) and trained there.”

The inhaler remains key, as Hibbert uses it every morning and then “one hour before games,” he said.

“I do feel like a new man,” Hibbert said. “I’m getting used to my new body, and I’m appreciate of Indiana investing a lot in me and I just want to give back.”

As Amick notes, another result is that the Pacers will likely be doing all they can to invest a lot in the big fella come extension negotiation time. (video via Ball Don’t Lie)

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