After the first game of the season I made this one post. (I bring this up only because the auto-fill Story Headline reminded me, but it's telling none the less.) I want to discuss the Hawes benching and I want to begin by saying I am a fan of Hawes, but not a delusional fan. I think the kid is young, fairly promising, and needs a steady system to develop. I think his offense far outweighs his defense right now and I think a team in our position, struggling to put points up, should and could use a player like him. What I can say is that all year as a Kings fan I've been fairly frustrated with PW's rotation, subs, etc. And I can't imagine what it's like to be in the locker room as a player.When we finally ended the Natt era of Kings basket ball I was relatively excited about a consistent starting five. Going into the off season I was expecting a tight lineup of 8-9 guys and watching them mature through consistency. Constant floor time, constant development, constant coaching, slow, steady, upward movement for a rebuilding team. I imagined something like [draft pick/Tyreke], Martin, Greene(I wanted this then), JT, Hawes. With some Cisco, Noc, and Beno in there as needed.
Essentially what I mean to say is that the benching of Hawes is not indicative of the story in the paper, the story in the Bee is just part of it. Westphal and Hawes are not on the same page. They haven't been since pre-season, and the addition of Landry and therefore the benching of Hawes, which brought us to the Bee article are all part of the same dynamic. Finally and in all fairness, why is it when JT struggles he stays on the floor but when Hawes struggles he gets 11 minutes the next night? I'm sure Hawes sees this too, and there's a message being sent here.
To finish here are some of the highlights of PW's coaching this season thus far, and I say this as a person who actually wants him to stay here for another year or two just for consistency. I like consistency:
Starting Sean May over Hawes early in the season.
Starting Desmond Mason over everyone, then the team 'suddenly' waiving Mason!!!
Starting Donte Greene at the Shooting Guard, Small Forward, and Power Forward, emphasis inconsistency.
Starting Garcia at the two IN HIS FIRST GAME BACK ALL SEASON!!!!
Starting Landry at the 4 WHEN HE HAD NEVER PLAYED WITH ANYONE ON THE TEAM YET.
Starting Martin when he came back from injury. Note this is relatively minor but I say this since the team had been playing ok without him (that rough 10 game schedule aside). I think it would have been better for team chemistry and flow to bring Martin off the bench until you knew his shot was back, even if he still played 30+ minutes that way.
(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)