Roy Hibbert on playing with Kobe


“It’ll be a challenge. But I’m up for it.”

“Just being able to play with a great (and) being pushed by somebody that has done it and won five championships. I’m up for a challenge,” Hibbert told ESPN’s Baxter Holmes. “People tell me a lot of different things, how he’ll respect me, and I feel like if I go about my business, I can get it done.

“So, it’ll be a challenge. But I’m up for it. I’m not going to speculate on other people and how they interacted with him and their relationships, but I feel like if I put my best foot forward in practices and in games, I don’t feel like there will be any tension. And I’m the type of person that will be like, ‘Hey, if I did something, let’s talk it out,’ as opposed to just going back and forth every day.”

Hibbert added that it will be important for him to adjust his expectations and his mentality, to remember not to dwell on mistakes.