Hawks coach Rob Beveridge says his side were intimidated by Kings star Andrew Bogut during a seven point loss to their arch rivals on Friday night.
The NBA championship winner had his best game since returning to the NBL, finishing with a game-high 21 points and 14 rebounds.
He also showed his defensive prowess, with three blocks and two steals.
The performance helped the Kings to an 86-79 triumph at Qudos Bank Arena.
“He totally intimidated us,” Beveridge said.
“Early on he got some blocks, he took it off the dribble and went at our bigs. He showed his class tonight.
“He kicked my arse.
“He is an incredible player and then you look at the people around him. I thought Kevin Lisch was just outstanding. He doesn’t have to do all the fancy stuff like Randle, who made some massive plays.
“But when you have Bogut running the show out there, that is real tough.”
When you have Bogut running the show out there, that is real tough.Rob Beveridge
Beveridge has a long history with Bogut.
The Hawks boss coached the former number one NBA draft pick when helping lead Australia to a gold medal at the Under-19 World Championships.
They will meet again in Sydney on December 16.