Roy Hibbert All-Star Release



INDIANAPOLIS (February 9, 2012) – Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert was named Thursday night as a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Stars. The 7-2 center will participate in the NBA All-Star Game, Feb. 26, in Orlando.

Hibbert, who was voted to the team by Eastern Conference coaches, will be making his first All-Star game appearance. Hibbert is currently 10th in the NBA in blocked shots with 1.84 per game, tied for 12th in double-doubles with 11, tied for 13th in rebounds with 9.9 per game and tied for 14th in Field Goal Percentage at .509.

"I want to thank my teammates, coaches, training staff, family and friends for their constant love and support,” said Hibbert. "I am truly honored to be in this position but my mind is still focused on the team goal of winning a championship this year."

Hibbert becomes the 11th Pacers player to be named to the All-Star team (Don Buse, Billy Knight, Reggie Miller, Detlef Schrempf, Rik Smits, Dale Davis, Jermaine O’Neal, Brad Miller, Ron Artest and Danny Granger are the others).

“Obviously, I’m happy for Roy,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “He’s a guy who has put in the hours and the work to make himself a better player and help make us a better team, which has helped us become a winning team. Being an All-Star not only means you are recognized as one of the best, but it carries meaning for the franchise and your teammates. It’s an important designation and I’m sure Roy will handle it in the right way. I look forward to Roy being a Pacer for a long time.”

“I am thrilled to see Roy recognized with this honor,” said Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel. “He epitomizes the drive and determination that has led to our team's dramatic turnaround. Aside from obvious statistical improvements across the board he has put winning, selflessness and team play above all else and we are proud to have him represent the new Pacers in the national spotlight of All Star Weekend.”

In conjunction with Hibbert’s selection to the All-Star team, the Pacers are offering a special ticket package allowing fans to purchase two tickets to five games for just $55.