"Roy Hibbert Goes Gangnam Style" Takes Off

by Jeff Tzucker

October 22, 2012

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On Sunday afternoon at Circle Centre Mall in Downtown Indianapolis, scores of Pacers fans, Colts fans, and food court denizens got treated to a surprise Gangnam Style dance routine led by Pacers center Roy Hibbert. Joining him in the dance was Pacemates dancer Tamara and members of Area 55.

The dance routine took place during a "Meet the Rookies" autograph session with Orlando Johnson and Miles Plumlee, neither of whom knew about the planned dance. During the video, Plumlee can be seen smiling broadly while Orlando stands amused.

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The dance had been practiced for weeks in secret (nearly all Pacers Sports & Entertainment employees had no idea until after the dance happened).

In just 19 hours online, the Gangnam Style dance routine has gained quite a bit of positive attention from bloggers, media, and the social sphere. The number of views it's received in such a short time show the love: 25,000 YouTube views and 8500 views on Pacers.com.

Read stories from around the web on Roy's Gangham Style Video:

Yahoo's Ball Don't Lie

Kelly Dwyer writes that Hibbert takes the dance craze and “as he always seems to do, goes and makes it fun for everyone.” Read More from Yahoo's Ball Don't Lie »

Rant Sports

Josh Dhani says, “Hibbert, you’re one of a kind.” Read More from Rant Sports »

CBS Sports

Zach Harper praises Hibbert’s moves, arguing “this alone should get you to vote for him for the All-Star game.” Read More from CBS Sports »

SB Nation

Samuel Chamberlain writes, “There are so many reasons to like Roy Hibbert.” Read More from SB Nation »

GMA News

GMA News reports, “Indiana Pacer Roy Hibbert became possibly the tallest person in the world to take part in the Gangnam Style dance craze.” Read More from GMA News »

NBC Sports

Kurt Helin says, “Good for (Hibbert). We don’t need more stone cold serious guys.” Read More from NBC Sports »

Indy Cornrows

Tom Lewis writes, “Hibbert took full advantage of his day off to put together the entertainment for unsuspecting patrons at the mall.” Read More from Indy Cornrows »

NBA Hangtime

Sekou Smith maintains Hibbert’s flash mob is just the latest evidence of why people love him: “He’s a fan favorite in Indiana and beyond because he’s at ease in his own skin and one of the funniest and fearless people in the NBA today.” Read More from NBA Hangtime »

Casual Hoya

Casual Hoya keeps their introduction to the former Georgetown star’s video simple: “Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.” Read More from Casual Hoya »

8 Points, 9 Seconds

Jared Wade describes the surprise of unsuspecting mall patrons when “out of nowhere, a 7’2” dude in white formal wear showed up to provide some real entertainment.” Read More from 8 Points, 9 Seconds »

Huffington Post

The HuffPo writes that Hibbert “went all out” with his interpretation of the international craze. Read More from Huffington Post »

Mashable

Sam Laird says Hibbert’s flash mob is “an unsurprising hit online” and “just another reason why Hibbert is one of the most entertaining athletes on social media.” Read More from Mashable »

CNN SI

Jimmy Traina includes the viral video in his daily “Hot Clicks” blog as the “Gangnam Style Video of the Day.” Read More from CNN SI »

Big Lead Sports

Jason McIntyre says Hibbert “is a surprisingly nimble dancer.” Read More from Big Lead Sports »

Dime Magazine

Sean Sweeney calls Hibbert “Indiana’s most important player, and one of the funniest dudes in the league.” Read More from Dime Magazine »

1260 WNDE

Derek Schultz writes, “You don’t need to understand what Gangnam Style is in order to enjoy a 7’2 NBA center in an all-white tuxedo dancing in a crowded downtown mall.” Read More from 1260 WNDE »

USA Today

Chris Strauss praises Hibbert’s ability to keep a trend fresh: “Just when we thought we couldn’t tolerate one more pro athlete’s interpretation of Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’… Roy Hibbert totally proved us wrong.” Read More from USA Today »

Rant Sports

J.M. Nicholas sees the video as evidence of the special bond between Pacers players and fans. Nicholas writes, “This team is more than just a franchise, it’s a family.” Read More from Rant Sports »

NESN

NESN says Hibbert and friends’ take on the hit song “might be the most creative or surprising instance of it we’ve seen.” Read More from NESN »

Bleacher Report

Gabe Zalvidar especially enjoys Hibbert’s “ability to boogie down to the song better than we have seen any other athlete do it.” Read More from Bleacher Report »

Indy Star

David Lindquist calls the video “priceless.” Read More from Indy Star »

Ball is Life

David Astramskas loves watching the Pacers All-Star “going all out in a mall with his Area 55 superfans.” Read More from Ball is Life »

Fox Sports Ohio

Fox Sports Ohio’s blog post on the flash mob: “There are few words for this…” Read More from Fox Sports Ohio »

SI.com

Ben Eagle compares Hibbert’s interpretation to the many NFL stars who’ve adopted the dance in recent weeks. Eagle’s evaluation: “On dance moves alone, Hibbert has the edge over the NFL stars.” Read More from SI.com »

Grantland

The header for Chris Ryan’s blog post advises visitors to “Stop What You’re Doing and Watch Roy Hibbert’s ‘Gangnam Style’ Flash Mob.” Read More from Grantland »

Midwest Sports Fans

Josh Tinley reports Hibbert’s flash mob was an unexpected surprise for local fans in the midst of a banner day for Indianapolis sports. Read More from Midwest Sports Fans »