Golden State Warriors forward David Lee and Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert engaged in a friendly conversation on Twitter on Tuesday.
In a nutshell, Hibbert simply wished Lee the best of luck with his recovery. You know, nothing out of the box–just two players chatting.
But there’s more to it.
Before we delve into the specifics, let me give you some context. After all, there are Twitter conversations going on between players constantly. Not all of them are worth noting. This specific exchanging of 140 character messages is surely worth noting because it wasn’t too long ago that Lee and Hibbert were in the middle of a brawl between the Warriors and Pacers.
Take a look:
In that short clip, you should see Lee and Hibbert exchange shoves, which ignites the brawl. From there, everything goes south. Both Lee and Hibbert were suspended for just one game for their actions in the brawl.
So, here we are in the present, and Hibbert reached out to Lee, who will sit out for the remainder of the playoffs with a torn right hip flexor.
I really don’t like @dlee042 but I really hope he has a speedy recovery. Hate to see guys get get hurt or injured.
— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) April 22, 2013
Perhaps the first segment of the tweet wasn’t necessary, but who knows, maybe he was just being sarcastic.
@hoya2apacer Good to know our dislike is mutual, that being said I appreciate the tweet Roy!
— David Lee (@Dlee042) April 22, 2013
There you have it. While Hibbert anchors down the Pacers’ front court, Lee can only watch on. It wasn’t by far the greatest start to his postseason career–Saturday was his playoff debut–but in situations where a player suffers a severe injury, the entire community forgets prior events to reach out to the injured player.
In short, a classy move by Hibbert that was returned by Lee.