Kings fans don't forget. That's why they showered 76ers center Spencer Hawes with boos once again on Thursday night.
From the player introductions all the way until he fouled out at after 17 minutes of action, the crowd at Sleep Train Arena let Hawes know every time he touched the ball that they didn't appreciate his past support for moving the Kings to Seattle.
Hawes, of course, is a Seattle native and was a staunch supporter of the Kings relocating to the Emerald City last year on Twitter after the potential deal between the Maloofs and Chris Hansen was announced. Hawes also showed up in person at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City last April, sporting a Seattle Super Sonics hat during a crucial NBA Board of Governors meeting during which the league discussing the fate of the Kings.
Last March, during Here We Buy Night 2 and in the heat of the fight over the Kings between Sacramento and Seattle, Hawes faced an onslaught of boos when the 76ers visited Sacramento.
The center, who was drafted by the Kings with the 10th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, took Thursday's punishment from Sacramento's fans in stride. Following the 76ers' 113-104 win over the Kings, Hawes took a jab at the fans that booed him.
"Three for three ... third time came back here and we got a win," Hawes told reporters. "No it was fun, I don't think it was as good as last year, but always a good time."
Hawes said he expects the boos from now on in Sacramento. When asked what he was thinking when it was announced the Kings were not going to be moving to Seattle, he said he was surprised.
"It caught me off guard, I think it caught everybody off guard; it probably caught most people here off guard," he said. "But, you know, it is what it is, that's what happened so I don't spend too much time sitting around thinking about it."
Hawes had an average game Thursday, scoring 10 points and grabbing 7 rebounds, while trying to defend DeMarcus Cousins, which would eventually result in him fouling out of the game. Cousins finished the game with 33 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot.
Despite Cousins' performance, the Kings looked lethargic for three quarters against the Sixers. They finally made a brief run in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough.
Cousins, interestingly, put the blame for the team's lack of energy and defense on himself.
"I'm trying to come out and lead by example, come out and play with a high energy and I take the fall for it," Cousins told reporters. "I'm not doing a good job leading these guys and not doing a good job of having my teammates prepared to come out and play every night. As the leader of this team it's going to fall back on me."
The Kings let a winnable game at home slip through their hands. They'll get another chance Saturday when the Charlotte Bobcats come to town.
Hat tip to MartyFromPhilly for the awesome photo and mike murray for the sign.