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Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  30 responses

Welcome to the Doghouse, Spencer Hawes

Last night, Spencer learned that he was no longer in coach Paul Westphal’s good graces: “Spencer Hawes isn’t injured. But when he showed up Tuesday evening at Arco Arena, his No. 31 jersey wasn’t hanging in his locker. Hawes, the Kings’ third-year and sometimes-starting center was inactive for Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. ‘I saw where he’s having a hard time understanding his role,’ said Kings coach Paul Westphal. ‘He should understand it (after) tonight.’ Westphal said there was no specific reason for putting Hawes on the bench. Hawes has been vocal at times this season about his fluctuating minutes and changing roles.”

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  • Brickshooting J

    Going to the press to talk about whatever one of your players needs to understand is a classy move. Talking to the player himself is for losers.

  • glue

    ^don’t you mean the other way around?

  • E. Powers

    I think Brickshooting J hit it right on the nose, couldn’t be more right.

  • tavoris

    not entirely surprised by this. 7 foot centers should definitely grab more than 6 rebounds a game.

  • http://joe@aol.com papa smurf

    good. he’s a dumb republican

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Maybe this will help Hawes focus on playing well rather than playing minutes.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    So much potential, but I must agree, he should average more than 6 rpg. But he should AT least be playing though..

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It’s a liberal conspiracy.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    He’s been in my fantasy doghouse…

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Doesn’t he get a vote?

  • UnRel

    maybe his role is to clean and bring his own jersey..

  • UnRel

    β€˜He should understand it (after) tonight.’ — his role is to sit on the bench, do nothing and receive a check.. great coaching, P-Dub..

  • Forrest Crunk

    Spencer Hawes is a spoiled, entitled baby. Too good to play for the summer league, whining about his role while playing softer than a roll of Charmin, he deserves the bench time until he comes out and plays with passion once in awhile.

  • KINGSMEN

    Maybe Spencer Flawes should be more concerned about his game than the minutes he gets. It’s not like dude is averaging a double-double every night. Give PW a reason to keep you in the game. Everytime Spencer is on the floor, the opposing team knows where to go…and that is straight to the basket because they see a soft-ass 7 footer who can’t protect the paint even if his life was counting on it. So “PUT-UP” OR “SHUT UP!!!!!!!!”

  • http://thegoodpoint.com Sam Joynt

    To be seven feet tall. Those who are take it for granted, the rest of us are stuck below six foot playing harder than someone like Hawes does in the L in our weekly pickup games.

  • iLL wiLL

    Westphal is gangsta for that line. He showed Spence who’s the boss (no Tony Danza).

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Whoa… I mean… whoa… Westphal is f*cking serious. Not sure how I feel about this.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Hmm… Hawes definitely deserves to play somewhere, but when you just got Carl Landry, Spencer’s minutes are obviously going to decrease.

  • Lebron is mvp

    yo man papa smurf really??? u gonna put politics in bball when mj himself tried to keep it out? then again obama loves bball….gotta love that

  • MikeC.

    As the Kings have been very bad lately, I haven’t seen them play for a couple years. Other than Tyreke, do they have any real keepers?

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com The Hoopistani

    the Kings are bad now, but they will definately improve with a solid core – just look at what the Thunder have done with more or less the same squad, which has just been given time to mature and grow together. Kings got Evans, Casippi, Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, and Hawes – not a bad group of young players. They definately need some polished vet presence though

  • Brickshooting J

    @ glue (comment no.2): I was being sarcastic.

  • Lazarus

    yeh 7 foot automatically should guarantee more than 6 rebounds. daymn i hate short people and their stupid comments thinking height is what makes players good. short people just use their height as the reason for there failures. eh. if you actually understood basketball you would realize it is more of a game of widths and change of speed. taking as much space in the shortest amount of time and being deceptive. i am 6’10 and work harder than anyone striving to one day maybe get near the level of hawes and to hear this stuff about him being given what he’s got, hasn’t worked hard at all really annoys me.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    did he need more material to make landrys jersey?

  • Justin

    Lazarus sounds like another tall guy that can’t get rebounds either. lol j/k

  • tavoris

    @Lazarus…I’m 6’7″, so I know how u feel. However, his rebounding mediocrity is CLEARLY from a lack of effort, as opposed to a lack of opportunity. It’s not like their two most consistent scorers aren’t attacking the basket at every opportunity.

  • tavoris

    @teddy-they have more than Landry. Jason Thompson is pretty darn good too.

  • tavoris

    one more thing Lazarus-Spencer Hawes averages only 1.5 free throw ATTEMPTS per game in his 26 minutes. That means if he’s not hitting his J, then he’s useless to the Kings, because he doesn’t get offense any other way.

  • Lazarus

    yeh he should be more aggressive getting to the ring but if his game is shooting the jumpers, ala bargnani, he’s obviously going to get less rebounds. should mix his game up a bit more though i do agree. too good to not get any minutes even if he isn’t putting in 100%.

  • tavoris

    @Lazarus-Bargniani is a bum too-with a MUCH, MUCH better J than Hawes.

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