Roy Hibbert kept experiencing the same thing in Los Angeles, where fame is measured in box-office promise and reality-TV ridicule.
He was reminded of his almost-famous stature whenever he arrived at high-end restaurants with paparazzi lingering near the entrance.
"I'd get out of the car and before I even opened the door, cameras would start flashing. And all of a sudden as soon as I got out, they'd stop and just go back," Hibbert said.
After the Lakers acquired him from small-market Indiana in July, his profile grew in some of the same culinary haunts.
Larry King saw Hibbert dining and brought him to meet a handful of guests at a nearby table, where...