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Hansbrough confident he can make a name for himself in the NBA

Posted May 5, 2011

 Tyler Hansbrough never got into high gear in his rookie season with the Indiana Pacers.  An inner ear infection and postconcussive syndrome limited him to appearing in just 29 games.

His sophomore season was different. Hansbrough saw action in 70 regular season games, averaging 11 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, and was a key contributor in the Pacers' first round playoff series loss to the Bulls.

 "It was amazing. It felt so good to get back on the court and start playing like I used to and quit thinking about things. We had a blast, we're such a young team, to get in the playoffs and get that experience was great for us," Hansbrough told Adam and Joe on 99.9 The Fan.

Indiana lost to Chicago in the first round of the postseason in just five games but lost their first two games in Chicago by a combined 10 points. But Hansbrough's performance in the regular season and against the Bulls reassured him that he has potential to do some big things.

"For me to end the season like I did gave me a lot of confidence and told me I can make a name for myself in the league."

One of the main aspects Hansbrough said he's worked on is his mid-range jump shot, a weapon he had working for him in Game 1 against Chicago.

The criticism that clinged to him before the 2009 NBA Draft was that he made his name off being a high energy and high intensity player, but didn't have the talent to needed to stack up against NBA power forwards.

**Hansbrough's stickback to Colin Cowherd, without even knowing it**

"That's something I fought for four years in college. My mentality was, I'm not going to please everybody and I feel like there's going to be people out there always doubting me. I think there's people out there that doubt every great player," Hansbrough said.

"For those people out there that always had something to say I kind of laugh about it because I knew it was going to motivate me and force me in the right direction to do better."

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  • mac240 May 6, 6:26 a.m.

    How can you doubt anyone with a work ethic like that!

  • smittey1 May 6, 12:32 a.m.

    My MAN T

  • mxteam44 May 5, 9:51 p.m.

    But....but....but.....all the haters were saying he'd never be able to get off that weird looking, goofy shot in the NBA against stronger players......you know, the bull in a china shop shot?

    Keep on proving 'em wrong Hans!

  • BIGDAWGShouse May 5, 9:28 p.m.

    good luck to him

  • Gunnstigator May 5, 8:43 p.m.

    I listened to the interview Hans had with Adam and Joe. He sounded very happy and confident. Hans knows all the talk about him getting by on hard work rather than talent; he uses that as motivation to work even harder and it's paying off. Tylr Hansbrough will have a long and successful NBA career.

  • prez23062 May 5, 6:08 p.m.

    we're confident in ya too, bud. i don't follow most players once they go pro but i do at least try to keep tabs on him and a couple others.

  • iron fist May 5, 5:19 p.m.

    He will do well in the NBA not many players make a name for themselves the first year

  • thevickfamily May 5, 5:08 p.m.

    There's no doubt he will make a name for himself in the NBA...I saw him play a couple of weeks ago, and then again a few days after that...and while he is young in the league, he held his own...20 points...7 rebounds...not bad at all...most important I saw qualities that made me feel its only a matter of time before he becomes a consistent prominant figure that will be very valuable to any team..I think he will become just as important to the NBA as he was to college basketball...He's got more determination and gut than just about any player I have ever seen....put that with his talent, strength, and skills...yeah he'll make it...

  • hi_i_am_wade May 5, 4:05 p.m.

    He will play in the NBA for at least 10 years..........and this is coming from a state fan.

    — Posted by dantmcb26

    Because Tyler is such a hard worker, he will be high demand for almost every team. He may be nothing more than a role-player, but his work ethic will elevate the rest of the team making his value more important than the stats on the sheet.

  • WRALSPORTSFANSUXS May 5, 3:33 p.m.

    NBA stinks, who cares........

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