If there's a rising NBA star who's developing a niche for entertaining appearances off the court, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert is right at the top.
Last year, Hibbert appeared on a Jimmy Kimmel Live! "Skype Scavenger Hunt" segment and then he did the "Gangman Style" dance at an Indianapolis mall. For the past few days, he's been a booth correspondent at E3 in Los Angeles, helping to promote the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts video game, which drops on November 5.
Hibbert, who is a big Call of Duty fan, has emerged as one of the funniest and most candid pro athletes around. Sometimes, even a little too honest. Who doesn't remember his post-game comments during the Pacers' playoff series against the Miami Heat?
So when Complex had the opportunity to catch up with Hibbert this past Tuesday, it was one that we couldn't pass up. In our conversation, Hibbert discussed Ghosts, the NBA Playoffs, his big block on Carmelo Anthony, his offseason training and much more.
Interview by Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling)
How has your E3 experience been?
It's great. The best feeling in the world. A lot of games, a lot of love. It's just fun.
Is it one of the coolest things you've done off the court?
Off the court, it's great because I'm such a fan of video games in general and I play Call of Duty online, day in and day out. So, just to be able to be associated with a company like this, it's great.
I really like the fact that they have a dog. A German Shepherd named Riley. He's a big part of the game. It will be the first time people will be able to interact with the dog.
So, you're a booth correspondent for the game. What kinds of things are you doing?
I'm taking pictures and answering questions. I'm just a correspondent but I've been doing some interviews about the game because I got a chance to see the gameplay and stuff, so it's been fun.
What do you think about the new game?
It's great. The franchise is always evolving; it gets better. People will really like the fact that they put their time and effort into changing the game, like when you look at the ground or the grass, it actually looks like grass. When a bomb explodes, it's going to be what it actually sounds like in the area, whether it's inside or outside.
Is there anything new about the gameplay that will surprise fans?
I really like the fact that they have a dog. A German Shepherd named Riley. He's a big part of the game. It will be the first time people will be able to interact with the dog. I'm not going to give away too much secrets, but I don't think any other game has done that before, so it will be fun.