Hayes is 6-foot-6, which makes him the shortest center in the league. The veteran logged 83percent of his minutes on the floor at the pivot in 2012-13. Hayes is currently playing his ninth NBA season, but he is as shocked as anybody he became a professional basketball player.
“Growing up in Modesto, the NBA seemed so far-fetched, you just want to get to college first. College was my first dream,” Hayes told Sports Out West at Friday’s practice.