Being in the same locker room as such NBA superstars as Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming is something that Hayes admits is unbelievable at times. "I remember Tracy (McGrady) came out in '97 and I was just graduating from junior high," he said. "Now I'm his teammate. Yao, I had just finished my freshman year at Kentucky when he was the No. 1 pick. I remember watching him all throughout my college career, so it's funny how times go by and here I am in the same locker room with these guys instead of watching them on TV."
While Hayes considers himself fortunate to make a living playing the game he loves, he wants to clear up a few misconceptions that fans have about life in the NBA. "They don't realize that not everybody is a superstar," he said. "Not everybody is Kobe (Bryant) and not everybody is LeBron (James), Tracy or Yao. Yeah, we play this game and get paid good money but we could lose this job tomorrow. People understand that yes, this is a game but it's also a livelihood that we appreciate."