Philadelphia 76ers player development coach Roy Hibbert has only positive reflections about his nine-year NBA career and claims he’s happy about the way his legacy ended up taking shape.
In an interview with Ben Standig of The Athletic, the new Sixers coach expressed his satisfaction on how things unfolded for him in the NBA. While Hibbert has some regrets about his failure to adapt to the change in the league, the former Indiana Pacers star said that he learned from it and that his focus now is his coaching career.
“To tell you the truth, you know, I was the 17th pick (in the 2008 NBA Draft). I was a two-time All-Star and played at a high level. And then, just, you know things change and you try to adapt, space the floor,” Hibbert said. “I left at a time where I made good money. I have a family. I’m content. I just want to be a coach and hopefully, give back to younger generations.”
Hibbert had some great seasons as a dominant center for the Pacers. In his best season, Hibbert averaged 12.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while shooting just under 50 percent from the field.
The 7-foot-2 center was known for being a ruthless shot-blocker and defensive anchor for the Pacers. He also developed a serviceable face-up jumper and was a solid offensive option for Indiana from 2010 to 2015.
Now, Hibbert starts a new chapter of his life as a development coach for the Sixers. He will look to help fellow center Joel Embiid and other members of the Philly frontcourt further improve their games and prepare for a postseason run.