Editor's choice: Spencer Hawes

Our guest editor said Spencer Hawes would be a good story subject. We listened.

Updated: July 29, 2010, 4:31 PM ET
By Spencer Hawes (as told to Elena Bergeron) | ESPN The Magazine

This article appears in the Aug. 9 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Ron Artest has been vexed by one issue for years: What motivates an upper-middle-class kid like Spencer Hawes to hustle his way into the NBA?

To be honest, that question about Hawes and his 9-and-6 impact hadn't exactly kept us up nights. After tracking down the 7'1'' center as he prepped for his fourth NBA season, we had another query: Why hadn't we talked to the new Sixer sooner?

"I'd guess ...

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