Pacers center Roy Hibbert works in the post against Wizards center Nene… (Harry E. Walker / McClatchy-Tribune )
Kim Hughes, the 6-foot-11 former Clippers coach and ex-NBA player, told Fox Sports he was dazzled by the big contracts Nene, Marc Gasol, Tyson Chandler and DeAndre Jordan signed. "If you're a center and you can walk and chew gum in this league, you make $10 million [a season]," Hughes said.
Center Andrew Bogut, recently traded to the Golden State Warriors, talked about being sidelined. "The last two injuries, I can't control falling on my arm and breaking everything in my right arm. And I can't control having a good defensive quarter in Houston … and falling on a foot. If you call that chronic, it's pretty uneducated in my opinion. But the reality is I have been hurt, so I need to try and, I don't know, maybe see a witch doctor in the off-season to get that bug away from me."
The Indiana Pacers are flourishing in part because of improved play in the frontcourt. "We're built to play against any team," center Roy Hibbert said. "We have people I believe can neutralize or keep any superstar under their [scoring] average. We're a team that doesn't have any superstars. It has real good players, no superstars. We pride ourselves on that."