The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
NBA Rookie Better At PlayStation Basketball Than Actual Basketball
Originally posted 11/11/2003

Shaquille O'Neal, controlled by Hawks rookie Travis Hansen (inset), grabs a rebound against Sacramento
ATLANTA - Atlanta Hawks rookie shooting guard Travis Hansen is better at Sony PlayStation 2 videogame basketball than he is at actual basketball, sources close to the team reported this week. Hansen, who has played in two games this year for the Hawks, has taken three teams to the NBA title on ESPN NBA Basketball.

"My next challenge is to take the Clippers all the way," Hansen said. "I won with the Lakers, Spurs and Kings, but just about anybody could do that. Now I need a challenge."

"He's incredible on that PlayStation," said Hansen's Hawks teammate Shareef Abdur-Rahim. "I tried to play him once, I think he beat me 145-30 or something." When asked about Hansen's skills on the actual basketball court, Abdur-Rahim thought for a moment and said, "You know, he's young. He's, young, and it's a tough league."

When asked about the possibility of more playing time this season for Hansen, Hawks coach Terry Stotts said, "Who? Oh, yeah, that kid from BYU."

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