Even before he has put on the uniform, the George Hill acquisition is paying dividends. At least twice this summer Hill went down to San Antonio to work out with Tim Duncan and a few other of the Indiana native’s former San Antonio teammates. And he was nice enough to bring along his new teammate Roy Hibbert, who expressed his happiness about being able to “pick up sum pointers” from Duncan.
Yesterday, to Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star, Roy further expounded on his time around the best power forward in NBA history.
Hibbert said he added about 15 pounds of muscle during the offseason to help him not get pushed around. He had a tendency last season to start in his comfort zone in the paint only to end up five or six feet away from the basket by the time he caught the ball.
Hibbert talked about his time working with future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan in San Antonio during the offseason.
“He taught me a lot of things, in terms of things I’m not comfortable with,” Hibbert said. “Like turning and facing, shooting off the glass and just working on things that are out of my comfort zone. He took me to dinner, we ate and talked, we chopped it up. He’s a real good guy.”
Don’t be put off by those last two sentences. I know it sounds like how a girl might describe a first date with a guy who was nice and gentlemanly but has no chance of getting a second date. But, really, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.