January 18, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings shooting guard Francisco Garcia (left) and power forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the third quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. The Kings defeated the Pacers 92-88. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Pacers Roy Hibbert To Surprise Sick Sacramento Fan


It’s rare that you find anything other than Sacramento King news here at A Royal Pain – but every once in a while, a story deserves the attention from the masses and this happens to be one of those.

Sacramento native Lee Eddins, 12, is a huge basketball fan but more importantly, a bigger fan of Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert. Eddins, who has followed Hibbert since his days at Georgetown University likes to spread the wealth when it comes to his support of NBA teams and talent, but there was just something about Hibbert that stuck out to Eddins, making the Indiana big man the twelve year old’s favorite player.

The Indiana Pacers are scheduled to play the Kings in Sacramento around Thanksgiving and Eddins and his family have plans to attend the game, but unfortunately, Lee was diagnosed with stage four leukemia six months ago and has been told he might only have a couple of weeks left to live, so meeting his idol appeared to be out of the question.

That was, until Hibbert got wind of Lee’s wishes.

Upon hearing of Eddin’s situation, Hibbert, who has a mild fear of hospital’s himself, has planned a surprise visit to Sacramento where he will meet with Eddins at week end:

“Once I heard he had a dying wish, I knew I had to do something more than send him presents and Skype with him on the computer,” Hibbert said.

“I’m usually uncomfortable going to hospitals when the Pacers do events because it’s pretty tough to see kids in that situation. Once I heard about (Lee), I realized I had to get over it and do it for him.”

In addition to meeting Lee, Hibbert will check to see if he’s the rare bone marrow match for the young man, but he knows the chances are slim.

He just hopes to bring a smile to Lee’s face:

“I’ve had two family members die of cancer,” Hibbert said. “It’s tough. I seriously don’t know what I’m going to say to Lee. I’m just going to be myself. If I can get a smile out of him that will be great.”

We here at A Royal Pain wish the best for Lee and hope he and Roy have a memorable get together.

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