At some point Thursday night, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert's cellphone probably vibrated -- like it has after all of his playoff games -- giving the indication of a text message.

The message wouldn't be from his parents, best friend or team President Larry Bird.

It would be from the player he grew up idolizing, the one he spent significant time with during last year's lockout, picking his brain, learning what it takes to be a dominating force.