The Pacers center took advantage of his opportunity to learn from a Hall of Famer and continues to lean on his mentor.

Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert has been working with Tim Duncan for a couple of years now as we've chronicled here here here and here. With an endorsement from new teammate at the time George HillHibbert joined Duncan for workouts during the NBA's lockout two years ago this week.

Since that first meeting the pair have remained in contact and reunited this offseason for a series of workouts. One thing that was under-reported in this story is how reluctant Duncan is to add others outside the Spurs organization to his inner circle. ESPN's Brian Windhorst touched on this topic when he discussed the working relationship between the two big men with Duncan. Turns out Hibbert impressed Duncan with his work ethic which has opened up a treasure trove of big man intelligence to help supplement Big Roy's development as one of the top big men in the NBA.