Remembering the Warriors/Pacers Brawl of 2013, When Steph Curry Really Wanted A Piece of Roy Hibbert
One of the most entertaining “brawls” in NBA history went down on this day back in 2013. I know I just called it a “brawl” but it really was a shoving match between Roy Hibbert and a pretty awesome Jeff Van Gundy impersonation by a human Steph Curry.
The fun started midway through the 4th quarter after an upset David Lee pushed Hibbert after a whistle was blown. The 7’2 280 lb Hibbert then pushed Lee back which caused 6’3 180 lb Steph Curry to run over and grab Hibbert. Roy swung his arm and flicked Curry off like a bug on a shoulder. Curry then did his best Jeff Van Gundy hanging on Alonzo Mourning impersonation before getting up and going for round 2. Once again, he was pushed off like a kid who doesn’t belong in a fight. Paul George then grabbed Curry and pulled him away before Hibbert actually realized who he was.
”Seriously, I didn’t even feel him,” Said Hibbert after the game. ”I saw some light-skinned guy. I don’t know if it was Klay Thompson or Steph Curry, I just knew there was a light-skinned guy by me.”
Not to get off-topic, but this quote reminded me of the hilarious story Kevin Durant told about meeting this 10 year old “white kid” named Stephen Curry at an AAU event.
Back to the “brawl,” things eventually calmed down, the Pacers won despite a season-high 38 by Steph and David Stern handed out a few punishments: Hibbert and Lee were suspended 1 game without pay and Lance Stephenson and the two light skinned Warriors were fined $35k each for “escalating the altercation.”
“My mom was a little upset,” Hibbert told the Indiana Star. “She said I should have walked away. It’s unfortunate it happened. I watched the video and I saw there was a little kid that ran up out of his seat when all that happened.”
When Hibbert watched the video, he also finally realized which light-skinned guy was hanging on his leg during the altercation.