Even though the Los Angeles Lakers failed to acquire one of their targets in free agency, the team recovered nicely in swinging a trade for former All-Star center Roy Hibbert. Hibbert will step in as the starting center in hopes that the change of scenery will help him regain his All-Star form.
Hibbert was introduced this week along with fellow acquisitions Lou Williams and Brandon Bass. Afterwards, Hibbert sat down with Time Warner Cable SportsNet and spoke on a number of topics including his expectations for this season and playing with Kobe Bryant.
Hibbert expects to be a defensive stopper on this team and wants his teammates to rest easy knowing that he will be there to protect the rim. Hibbert also said that he is up for the challenge of dealing with Kobe Bryant and what he expects of his teammates.
In his introductory press conference, Hibbert spoke about working with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and he expounded on what he learned from Kareem in this interview as well. Hibbert seems to understand his role and is ready for the challenge of putting on a Lakers jersey.[divide]