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Hibbert trains with Tim Duncan in San Antonio

Hibbert trains with Tim Duncan in San Antonio

For the past few years, Pacers center Roy Hibbert has spent time during his summer working out with some of the all-time great big men in NBA history.

Three years ago, it was Hall of Famer center Bill Walton. More recently, it has been with his mentor, Tim Duncan — one of the most consistent and talented bigs in the league over the last three decades. Since being drafted No. 1 by the Spurs in 1997, he has led them to incredible success, including four NBA Titles.

“Generally, the championships are won based on health and home court advantage,” Walton said in 2010. “And that is determined in the summertime — working on your health, working on your fitness, working on your skill.

“In this league, you win when you control the paint and, as a 7-2, 260-pound winner of the genetic lottery, that’s what he has to do for this franchise.”

Hibbert said in late July that the plan was to work out with Duncan “for a week or two, probably in August.” As expected, he went into Duncan’s training grounds in San Antonio on Monday for a workout with fellow bigs.

And afterwards:

How serious is Big Roy about soaking in all he could from Duncan, both on the court and in the weight room? Hibbert brought his strength coach, Mike Robertson, with him.

Hibbert greatly respects Duncan’s game and the two are close friends. They text often throughout the season, with Hibbert trying to absorb as much as he can from the future Hall of Famer.

Hibbert’s backup, Ian Mahinmi, is also in San Antonio for the workouts. Mahinmi was originally drafted by the Spurs and played two seasons behind Duncan.

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Scott Agness is in his second season as a multimedia contributor for Pacers.com. He delivers articles, blog posts, interviews, and videos. He is a graduate of Indiana University where he was part of broadcasts on the IU Radio Network, Big Ten Network, IUHoosiers.com and WIUX. He is the founder and editor of VigilantSports.com.

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