In his next game against Chicago, Hayes responded with his first career double-double (12 points, 13 rebounds). "That was shocking," he said. "I was not expecting that at all. I was just playing. Honestly, I was out of my body and it was like I was watching myself. It may look like it came easy or seem like it came naturally to me, but my mind was racing and I didn't know what was going on. Plus I remember being tired. I remember it going into overtime and I think I played 37 minutes in that game. I was dead tired."
Hayes' first three seasons were spent playing for Jeff Van Gundy. But the Rockets changed coaches in the offseason and he now plays for Adelman. "Well, that was a big transition for me because in all my years of playing sports, I've never had the transition of two different coaches," he said. "Jumping from Jeff (Van Gundy) to Rick (Adelman) was a big change for me but I realize that this is a business. Both guys have significant procedures on how they want us to play the game and you've just got to get used to it. It comes with the territory."