Former UW center Spencer Hawes met the media in Sacramento on Friday. From what I can tell, not all Kings fans seem thrilled with the pick. But not surprisingly — given that SacTown is the state capital — the media seems interested in Hawes’ politics (conservative).
Here is a link to the coverage of the Sacramento Bee, a TNT sister paper.
I’m not sure if it will demand that you register. For those who don’t want to, here are a few highlight quotes:
WRITER’S TAKE ON HAWES
His offensive abilities, clearly, are not in doubt. Hawes is a post presence the likes of which the Kings do not have, alone in his ability to shoot, post up and pass from the high post and below. There is the allure of the basketball lineage, too. His father, Jeff, played at Washington and professionally in Europe, and his uncle, Steve, also was a Husky before enjoying a 10-year NBA career.
But as Hawes knows, it’s his defense, size and rebounding ability that were questioned almost immediately after he was selected, mainly because his addition seemingly does little to aid the Kings’ glaring weaknesses.
“I think I have the potential defensively to really make some strides, and I don’t think now that I’m as bad as everyone may be saying.”
JEFF HAWES, ON HIS SON’S ATHLETICISM
“He can run the floor with anybody. He can get up and down. He can go side to side. You’ll see.”
NEW KINGS COACH REGGIE THEUS ON HAWES ROLE:
“Oh, he’s going to play. We don’t have any magic bullets here. He’s going to play. We still have to get more athletic, and we still have to get better defensively. But we have the makings of what I think is a very good up-and-down team. We have big men who can pass the basketball, and that’s big when you’re trying to have an open game.”