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Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Posted on: September 7, 2011 7:01 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2011 7:18 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivergordon-hayward-dork

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward isn't playing professional basketball overseas during the lockout. Instead, he's taking his talents to a galaxy far, far away. reports that Hayward will be playing video games professionally.
The 21-year-old Utah Jazz player has joined a professional video game league with IGN Entertainment. Hayward will compete with other eSports video athletes in a StarCraft II competition from Oct. 6-9 at Caesars Atlantic City in the IGN Pro League. Hayward is excited to be among 256 players shooting for a share of a $100,000 prize pool in IPL 3: Origins.

"I've been playing video games for as long as I can remember," Hayward said in a news release. "I'm a competitive guy, and I love the competitive nature of video games.

"Pro-gamers are really sports stars themselves," he added. "The mental strategy that goes into planning your next move and what your opponent is going to do are skills you need to be successful playing basketball — and playing StarCraft II. If you want to be good, you have to put a lot of time and effort into it, just like with other sports. I've got the best of both worlds."
Reeeee-orrrrr. Reeeeee-orrrrrr. Yes, that's the sound of your nerd alert being activated. It is a good thing Hayward waited until after Jerry Sloan retired to announce these plans. For everyone's sake.

But, wait, there's more. Hayward was asked in a promotional video interview to compare the stress of playing professional video games to the stress of the NBA. His response.
"I think you've got to look at the circumstances of each. If you're winning a Starcraft game for the championship at IPL for the six-figure pool prize, that's probably pretty stressful ... At the same time, if you're going to shoot a three-pointer to win the game with someone guarding you, that's pretty tough too. I'd say they are both tough in their own right."
The video and others can be viewed on Kristen Sharbaugh's account.

Well, not to go all Charles Barkley on you, but we have officially reached the point where we know for a 100 percent fact that the NBA is too soft. When a 21-year-old, 207 pound forward doesn't immediately recoil in horror when asked to compare the stress and rigors of the NBA to a freaking science fiction video game we know that the NBA game has been cleaned up too much.  If a Zerg attack really gets his blood pumping as much as a game-winning shot, that's a terrible look. We don't want to live in a world where this can be true, do we?

I guarantee that no NBA player in the 1990s ever said, "That karate chop from Ryu was pretty much the same as the haymaker Charles Oakley hit me with last night." Or, "Oh man, jumping off that hill in Excite Bike was so exhilarating it reminded me of the time Jeff Van Gundy prevented further chaos by clinging to Alonzo Mourning's leg." Never happened.

Hopefully Hayward's interview gets entered into evidence in the ongoing collective bargaining agreement negotiations so we can turn back the clock and undo this embarrasing chapter in the history of the league.

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:03 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Well said. Mr. Golliver, a simple Google search would have provided you the little research needed to create a competent article. Please act like an adult next time, people read these articles, nerds read these articles, do your research.

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:03 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

He isn't quitting basketball. He is competeing in a open tournament.

He will get absolutely demolished... But its cool either way.

This writer is a cunt though. 

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:02 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

You sound old.  Get with the times grandpa, comparing starcraft to streetfighter/excite bike is moronic. 

> We don't want to live in a world where this can be true, do we? 

Why not?  No one is forcing you to watch it.  Get off your high horse. 

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:46 am

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

I don't know much about Starcraft, and I'm not really interested, but seriously Ben Golliver? This 21 year old NBA player decides he'd rather do something else with his time, and you throw judgement at him? You sound like my dad when I wanted to stop playing baseball (because it's sooo boring). Simply put, Mr. Golliver, stop being so old fashioned and ignorant. This isn't an embarrassment  to the league; you're an embarrassment to writers everywhere. Sure it's a loss for Jazz, but whatever, players come and go. It's a shame you got this article published on the internet, because now anyone can see how poorly you can write. Get some respect.

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:09 am

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Dear Ben Golliver,

Since all the other nerds used all these big fancy words and logical well thought out explanations that your sportsy brain may not be able to understand, I'll give it to you straight.

You're an idiot.

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:52 am

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

hey ben golliver,
dont write about stuff you have no clue about. you ruin all your credibilty when you write about content you have not researched and no nothing about. i had never heard of you til today, but you come across as a pathetic loser. youre right about one thing, you cant compare playing some meaningless nba team game, where no one cares or trys to a 1v1 starcraft game. its not even in the same league.

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:22 am

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Which sport do you play Ben?

You sit in a chair and post on your blog. My 15 year old sister can do that, tough guy. Sounds like if you want to pick on nerds without having to work out or play an actual sport, you  should become a sports writer.

Plus I could go on a rant about how back in the day, journalists did something called fact checking. That's an old school technique Ben, but you might be able to find someone around CBS who can explain it to you.

Back when journalism meant something, they didn't post their feelings and thoughtless opinions on their blog about whatever link they saw on twitter or facebook. That the standards have been lowered this far is truly embarassing.

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:11 am

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Good job Gordon, the best of luck too you. Live your dream man don't let an asshole like this writer deter you from your dream.

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:10 am

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

You comparing the rush from SC2 to "the karate chop from Ryu" tells us how much you really know about both sides. You don't give a shit about video games, and you clearly know less than shit, so what makes you think you're qualified to compare them to basketball? You insult not only nerds, but the concept of aggressive self improvement. It's good to see a basketball player so open minded he can see the difference in a game like SC2 and Street Fighter. Props to Gordon Hayward for being so open about himself, knowing full and well dumbass like you, with understanding for only one side of the equation, would talk down to him like he's retarded for compared SC2 to basketball.

Seeing as how you like swinging heavy opinions with no prior knowledge like most writers, allow me.

Starcraft 2 is harder than basketball. Getting a ball in a hoop is pretty fucking easy and lame to watch for 2 to 2 and a half hours considering the game is only an hour. Professional basketball players train half as long as SC2 players. The body can't last as long as the mind, but if you played starcraft you'd know it takes conditioning. And the bold statement refers to how much Pro players from each side spend conditioning, and this is assuming basketball players work out 6 hours a day, so the statement in bold might actually be a figure much less than half. I'm not saying us nerds are bigger athletes, but some among us want it to win just as bad.

The difference is I know what basketball is, Ben Golliver. I just don't like basketball that much, but if I were to shit on basketball like you did on Starcraft 2, I'd at least learn about what I was shitting on if I didn't see it on TV all the time. You have more pride in your bias than your ability as an open-minded writer.

You don't know enough to tell the NBA any 100% facts. You are too pathetic to even look into the great game/culture you insulted. (Yes, culture, an idiot like you might not understand it. When Korea had a recession starcraft took off as a sport because it was cheap, accessable, and it was constantly evolving.) It's a real-time strategy game, calling it a science fiction game makes you look stupid. It came from nothing to being something huge that anyone could get behind. Not to mention the community, god bless the SC2 community.

This will be my first, and last post. Unless someone is dumb enough to follow in your footsteps.

Consider that you posted this article on a sports website, so these are sport's fans telling you you're an idiot. Way to appeal to the demographic.

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:05 am

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player


well said 

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