Spencer Hawes played the first three years of his NBA career with the Sacramento Kings.
But he spent the first 19 years of his life in Seattle, including a year at the University of Washington.
He’s also never been shy about saying what he thinks.
That combination has helped lead to Hawes, who now plays for the Philadelphia 76ers, becoming a suddenly much-reviled figure in Sacramento.
The 76ers played at Sacramento Sunday night, and before the game Hawes was reminded the game might be his last at Sacramento. Asked if that wouldn’t break his heart, Hawes responded “as a native Seattlite, that would not break my heart.” (You can see the exchange here).
Hawes, in fact, has been a vocal and visible presence throughout the process of returning the NBA to Seattle, including attending a Sonics rally last summer.
Sacramento fans, though, apparently figured Hawes would show more sympathy for the city where he got his NBA beginning and have responded with some anger that he didn’t — he spent the night getting booed every time he touched the ball.
Spencer Hawes is getting the boos every time he touches the ball. #Hawesome
— Blake Ellington (@BlakeEllington) March 25, 2013
UPDATE — Hawes got the last laugh, for tonight, anyway, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the 76ers beat the Kings 117-103.
And Hawes later Tweeted his own thoughts on the night:
What a win. Thanks to the great fans in Sac, especially the ones booing me all night!
— Spencer Hawes (@spencerhawes00) March 25, 2013