Spencer Hawes came to town for a few days to meet the new coaching staff and work out. He aimed to prove he is committed to the game and the team, and apparently his fitness is really good. At least according to Ailene Voisin. Paul Westphal claims all is forgiven and forgotten. Hawes claims he wants to be a leader this year.
Westphal also said defensive footwork is a big priority for Hawes, and I'm glad for that. Bill Russell long insisted that footwork was the most important part of blocking shots and defending the post. Assistant coach Truck Robinson seems to be on the staff solely to teach ... and the same could be said for Bryan Gates. Let's hope they can instill those vital mental skills in the bigs. Because otherwise, our post defense will continue to be terrible.