Roy Hibbert and David Lee exchange pleasant disses over Twitter

Officials try to separate a fight between Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) and Golden State Warriors center David Lee (10) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Officials try to separate a fight between Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) and Golden State Warriors center David Lee (10) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

If Twitter were around back in 1995, couldn’t you picture Michael Jordan and John Starks pulling off some nonsense like this?

During Golden State’s Game 1 playoff showdown against the Denver Nuggets, Warriors forward David Lee went down with a torn hip flexor that will keep him out of the rest of the postseason.

One of his biggest on-court rivals, Roy Hibbert of Indiana, sent his warm regards to Lee via Twitter. However, it wasn’t exactly the warmest of regards.

The best part? David Lee himself responded in kind.

Both the Pacers and the Warriors are young teams on the rise. Hibbert is the starting center for Indy and Lee is the tough-minded, bruising attacker that Golden State lacks without him.

We can only hope that Lee comes back at full strength.

How long has it been since we’ve seen some real animosity between two NBA players (not named Ron Artest or Metta World Peace, for that matter)?

We’re not talking about Street Fighter II or anything, but a little on-court hatred goes a long way.

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