Spencer Hawes Rumors
Q: What’s your sense of the NBA and politics? How many of your teammates, how many of your fellow players are invested the way you are? A: Not many, and I think it’s because — I think on paper, there’d be more conservatives in the NBA because (of wealth). And I don’t know how many issues — anybody, not just NBA players but the person who comes home at the end of a day — people care about more than the money they make and preserving as much of it as possible. Like I said, you’d think there’d be more conservatives, but I think there’s such a stigma attached to it, especially in the media and the mainstream media and the “lamestream” media, whatever you want to call it, that guys are afraid to come out and say it. I know there’s more guys out there who share those beliefs but just don’t want to come out and say it because they don’t want to ostracize themselves.
Q: You said you watched five minutes of the Democrats. Is there one candidate there who you like more or you’re more OK with? A: O’Malley because I think he’d be the easiest one to beat. Q: What do you think of Bernie Sanders? A: No, I’m not a Bernie fan. I’m not into that whole redistribution argument.
Do you have any favorites right now? Spencer Hawes: I’m not endorsing anybody at this moment. OK, well who has impressed you? A: (Marco) Rubio has been impressive in the debates. I’m not sure how his, in light of recent events, foreign policy is going to go over with the mass of the GOP. Jeb’s been kind of stale up until this point. Obviously, (Donald) Trump, the last one he kind of calmed down a little bit, but he’s riding a wave. Ben Carson, as well. The political outsiders, after so many years of lifetime politicians (as president), are appealing to the masses.
There’s sort of a debate in the Republican Party: Do you want the candidate you want the most or the candidate you think can win? Spencer Hawes: That’s always a problem. We — I say “we” as the GOP — have to go so far to the right to get through the primary, and then you get to the general, and there’s no coming back from it. I think what the country’s looking for is a candidate who’s reasonable on social issues and fiscally conservative and strong on defense. Unfortunately, the far right won’t allow said candidate to make it through the primary to even be able to have a chance in the main election.
So when the trade came down in June, sending him to the Charlotte Hornets in a package for Lance Stephenson, Hawes felt really fortunate. “When you feel like you made the wrong decision, it adds a lot of pressure and it builds and builds. Good as it looked on paper, it just wasn’t the right fit for whatever reason. That’s what ate at me the most, that I felt like I kind of failed myself,” Hawes said.
This is Hawes’ fifth NBA franchise, his fourth since the start of the 2013-14 season. Somewhat like when Josh McRoberts arrived from the Orlando Magic, Hawes is hopeful what the Hornets want from him can lead to a more stable career. “For me it’s been a long last year and a half: from Philly to Cleveland and then free agency is always stressful. For the first time in my career I got to really choose where I wanted to play,” Hawes said. “This being my ninth year you see a lot of different situations. Being 27, you get to that point where you hope you have more and more impact on winning. I know that’s what excited Nic (Batum) about coming here. Myself as well.”