Last we saw Roy Hibbert, he was disappearing in the playoffs as his Pacers faded from NBA relevance, a late-season collapse that included him dubbing his Indiana teammates "some selfish dudes," but the 7-foot-2 center may have just found inspiration in a selfless random act of kindness.
Publicity hasn't been kind to Midwestern police officers this summer — and rightfully so, at least for one force — but Hibbert witnessed the other side of law enforcement on Tuesday.
"Just seen an Indy police officer pull over," Hibbert described on his Instagram account. "Go into his trunk n give a homeless guy a pair of shiny boots. #COPS"
Of course, Hibbert has been rather generous himself recently, donating $1 million to his alma mater last week to help fund the John Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center. Fellow Georgetown alum and current Celtics forward Jeff Green made a similar donation to the $31.7 million project.
With all this generosity emanating from Indiana over the past week, Pacers fans can only hope Hibbert pays it forward on the court this season. Despite earning his second All-Star nod in the past three years, Hibbert's numbers took a turn for the worse across the board in 2014 — points, rebounds, blocks and, yes, even assists — culminating in averages of just 9.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in the playoffs.
Given Lance Stephenson's departure and the injury to Paul George, the Pacers will rely on Hibbert more than ever, and perhaps his recent experience can help him be an inspired teammate.