Hibbert Returns to Verizon Center Floor

By Marc Carig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

On the walk from the team bus to the visitors' locker room, Roy Hibbert passed the Georgetown locker room, a place that had become another home during his four years with the Hoyas. Upon reaching its doors, he acknowledged his special place, then he kept walking.

"I have business to take care of tonight," Hibbert said, before making his first appearance in his home town against the Washington Wizards.

That's not to say that the 7-foot-2 center wasn't feeling a little nostalgic. He kept a blue Georgetown baseball cap in his locker, and spent Sunday catching up with friends and family. He also received a warm ovation during pregame introductions.

About 30 friends, family members and former Georgetown teammates attended Hibbert's homecoming. Anticipating a large demand for tickets, Hibbert began pestering teammates months ago for their share of the allotment.

"It's good to have a lot of support," Hibbert said.

The rookie made his second straight start, the first two of his career, for Indiana.

"It's just a matter of him getting on the court on a regular basis," Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien said. "Him being in the starting lineup is guaranteeing him minutes every night. He's a hard worker and a great guy to be around."

But Hibbert endured a tough start to his night, putting his hands on his head after collecting his third foul in the first six minutes of the game.

"It's a learning experience," Hibbert said before the game. "I think I've grown. Every game I play, I try to grow a little bit."

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