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Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) defends against the Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes (00) on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

Kings notes: Hawes has tamer return to Sacramento

Published: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 - 9:22 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 - 10:17 am

Kings fans generally give former Kings players a nice ovation in their return to Sacramento.

But not if that former King used social media to proclaim his support of Seattle investors trying to buy and relocate the franchise last season.

Philadelphia center Spencer Hawes learned that last March, when he was booed loudly after he expressed joy on Twitter at the prospect of the Kings being sold and moved to Seattle.

Hawes is a Seattle native who attended the University of Washington and grew up a Seattle SuperSonics fan before being drafted by the Kings in the first round of the 2007 NBA draft. He wasn’t bothered at all by the boos last season.

“I actually liked it,” Hawes said. “It was like in high school, being the villain.”

Hawes was booed again repeatedly when the Kings hosted the 76ers on Thursday at Sleep Train Arena, but not with the same vigor as last season when Kings fans were facing the real prospect of losing the team. He said his Twitter account was not flooded with messages from angry Kings fans, as it was last season.

Hawes thought when he played in Sacramento on March 24, 2013, it would be his last time playing in his first NBA city. Instead, the Kings were sold to Vivek Ranadive’s ownership group and stayed in Sacramento.

“I thought that way; I think most people did,” Hawes said. “That’s kind of how things go. It took a last-second turn.”

Hawes hasn’t abandoned hope his hometown will again have an NBA team.

“There’s always chatter about it,” Hawes said. “I feel like I’ve got my ear to the pulse of it with everybody I talk to back home. So it’s still a hot topic.”

Williams watch – The addition of Rudy Gay has cut into the playing time and production of forward Derrick Williams.

In the 10 games since Gay joined the lineup, entering Thursday, Williams had taken five or fewer shots seven times. Williams has scored in double figures only three times over that span and was scoreless in Tuesday’s win at Houston.

The Kings had hoped Williams would be a productive scorer off the bench and be able to play alongside Gay, too.

“I talked to Derrick (Thursday) morning, and I’ve got to try to get him some more looks so he can play and be aggressive,” said Kings coach Michael Malone. “It’s been real tough on Derrick, but I know he’s going to keep on competing.”

Still streaking – Isaiah Thomas has made a 3-pointer in 25 consecutive games, the fifth-longest streak in team history.

Mitch Richmond holds the record at 39 games. Peja Stojakovic had two streaks of 36 games and a 35-game streak.

Follow The Bee’s Jason Jones on Twitter @mr_jasonjones and read more about the team at www.sacbee.com/kings.

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