In recent weeks, Indiana Pacers’ players have been increasingly willing to share their collective confusion about the team’s struggle. They started mostly saying that they didn’t know what was happening. Then they began talking about a lack of ball movement.
And on it went, with Roy Hibbert being the most outspoken, talking about which of his teammates have earned his respect to freelance outside of sets (Paul George and David West) and then going another step by saying, about Indiana’s locker room, that there are “some selfish dudes in here.”
Coach Frank Vogel has had enough.
Bob Krativz of the Indianapolis Star reports that the coach told the players to knock off the airing of “in-house stuff” in public.
“It bothers me,” Vogel said before the Pacers’ 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “Guys should never air in-house stuff to the media. I talked to the team about it [Wednesday].
“It was a weird thing. Roy said it a couple of days ago [after the Washington loss] and nobody really caught onto it until [recently]. So I made sure to tell them that, (A), I don’t believe we have ‘selfish dudes’ in and, (B), whatever you might want to say about your teammates, don’t say it to the media. We have to get that stopped.”
Got it, guys? Keep your opinions to yourself when we have guests. Only parrot out the vapid clichés and platitudes that you were taught watching Michael Jordan interviews. Especially you, Roy. Just take it easy, champ. Why don’t you stop talking for awhile.
I joke, but Vogel is probably right here. There is likely some good in the guys real-talking with one another, but putting those same sentiments in the paper aren’t going to help anyone.
Loose lips sink ‘chips, as they say.
Additionally, Vogel says that he has been bringing some of that real talk to his players. That real pissed off talk.
“Yeah, we’ve had some pretty intense film sessions and practices to get these guys playing the right way,” he said. “Some strong messages have been sent and received.”
So, yeah, guys.
Shut up, sit up straight, and stop playing like the Bucks.