Not a week ago, we castigated and disparaged Roy Hibbert of the Pacers for his foul mouth and foul game.
That was then; this is now.
His Indiana Pacers took the overbearing Heat to the rafters in a game seven. Then, they lost to the odds-on favorites and NBA designated Queens of the Day.
At game's end, the media and hypocritical fans believe the losers owe their respects to be paid to the overpaid Heatles.
Not Roi Hibbert, the once and future king met the present and perpetual King LeBron. Their meeting on the battlefield did not rival Becket and King Henry II. It did not have the drama of Lee meeting Grant, but seemed more like the answer given by General Anthony McAuliffe who told the Nazis who demanded his surrender during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, "Nuts."
Yes, Hibbert said nuts to LeBron James and his gang of dislikeable upstarts. Hibbert went off the court and did not shake hands with the people who wanted his head on a stick.
The purveyors of good sportsmanship, the regular lions of losing, believe you show the back of your neck and beg for mercy when the enemy comes upon you.
Hibbert just said no. It didn't take a village.
The outsider of the NBA may well take a financial hit again when Stern David fines him for being unsocial in the age of media suckups.
In the meantime we cannot think of a better way to disparage the fake moments of LeBron James than offering him some of McAuliffe's "nuts."