So on Thursday, the coach decided to do something he usually avoids -- make the players run lines.
"I think it kind of hearkened back to the college days a little bit,"
Hawes said that overall he thinks the team is in pretty good shape. The 7-footer, who is known for his unusual passing skills for a man his size, added that he has another rather surprising skill.
"I can run," he said. "I think I can run pretty well."
Hawes, 26, is coming off a season in which he compiled career highs in every major statistical category, averaging 13.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists while making 41.6% of his three-pointers for Philadelphia and Cleveland.
He sees himself as getting a lot of minutes backing up DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. Off the court, he said, he already feels very comfortable with the players.