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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.

DeseretNews.com 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 Vimeo.com 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.
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Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:14 am
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

wrote a comment but this piece of shit website errored. 

tldr; most ignorant article ever

also how do u like the starcraft community so far? and gratz on ur first article with more than 1 comment

gg,glhf


time u delete account 



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:08 am
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

nice job posting an uniformed article and getting 10 pages of hate. reddit has another 200 comments laughing at you, the thousands on teamliquid.net are laughing at you, and players like jaedong who make more than 6 figures are REALLY laughing at you. U MAD BRO? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:02 am
 

Inaccurate, Idiotic, Obtuse

I had to sign up just to make a few points:

1. Saying things like "taking his talents to a galaxy far far away" and "Reeeee-orrrrr. Reeeeee-orrrrrr" makes you look like a dumbass

 2. You should probably research what you're writing about before you spew some ignorant shit and misinform people on a legitimate website (which I'm not sure how you got a job writing at)

3. The Internet is taking a shit on you right now

4. For someobody who follows a "sport" where a bunch of idiots throw a ball through a hoop you'd think you could give Starcraft some more credit.

Anyway, you suck. Your article sucks. Have a shitty day. 



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:54 am
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Dear Ben Golliver,

I'm a 36 year old guy fromSwedenwho up til one year ago couldn't understand the thing with sports. How adult men could get into flaming debates about soccer teams and hockey stars. I just couldn't get how people could devote hours of there spare time just to watch athletes chase a ball and try to get it through a basket. Also I had a hard time respecting these sport fanatics.

It was because my lack of knowledge about how hard it was I just couldn’t get sports. I bought Starcraft II for a little over a year ago. I started to struggle to learn the game. In my search to get better I find a community site (TeamLiqued) that contained all I ever wanted to find and more.

I got into watching Starcraft tournaments and got my first big thrill in watching other fight to win. By doing this I also gained the understanding of the sport fanatic, a mere guy that just adore another person for their skills in something, a skill level that is so high they could never reach it them self.

You see, I never got it. And by the way you express yourself in this article I can clearly state that you don't get eSports. It hurts me to see the lack of respect you show and I really hope that this isn't going to hurt the eSport scene.

I also want to take the opportunity to send my respect to Gordon Hayward. Go go go!




Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:53 am
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

nice job posting an uniformed article and getting 10 pages of hate. reddit has another 200 comments laughing at you, the thousands on teamliquid.net are laughing at you, and players like jaedong who make more than 6 figures are REALLY laughing at you. U MAD BRO? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:51 am
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

nice job posting an uniformed article and getting 10 pages of hate. reddit has another 200 comments laughing at you, the thousands on teamliquid.net are laughing at you, and players like jaedong who make more than 6 figures are REALLY laughing at you. U MAD BRO? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:49 am
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

nice job posting an uniformed article and getting 10 pages of hate. reddit has another 200 comments laughing at you, the thousands on teamliquid.net are laughing at you, and players like jaedong who make more than 6 figures are REALLY laughing at you. U MAD BRO? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:21 am
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

You sir are despicable. Its absolutely pathetic that you have to go shit on an entire community and also the hobby of a proffesional NBA player.

As gordon said in his interview , all of his teammates Play games whether that be Halo , COD, Starcraft , Wow, Sports games. They all play. Not only are you insulting the hobby's (and aspirations) of gordon you are insulting all NBA players who play games as a Hobby. This article may be blogger suicide for you and i really hope it is. You have no right to look down on something you know nothing about. Also read the comments notice how their is not a single person who agrees with you? Thats gotta mean something right?


Retract this article or your going to have a whole community at your front door with pitchforks!(metaphorically speaking) Seriously though I think the proffesional gaming community and specifically Gordon deserves an apology considering it seems you know nothing about our community and how fast it is growing. Its not like Gordon is saying hes quitting basketball to join a proffesional starcraft team. There is a freaking Lockdown he is pursuing other interests during this time, what dont you understand about that and what right do you have to shit on someone elses hobby (especially considering most NBA share this hobby, it may not be starcraft but they play games)


Your a small despicable man and you probably thought that sports buffs were gonna get a good kick out of this didnt you? Laugh at the nerds right? Sorry buddy their are tons of NBA fans who are also gamers and follow proffesional gaming as well.  



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:08 am
 

The most ignorant, close-minded article i've seen

   One of the most pitiful articles i've ever come across reading. It's a shame he writes like this when it is clear he doesn't even know what he's talking about at all. Not only is E-sports (particularly the growth of SC2) the fastest growing industry, recently surpassing the FILM industry, it is an industry that requires such skill and dedication from its players that I GARUNTEE most E-Sports Pros put more time into honing their craft than professional sports players.

   To call SC2 and the harsh, skill and intelligence based, and healthy competition surrounding it a "freaking science fiction video game" trying to pass it off as some stupid activity is a complete and utter insult to ANY institution that has competition surrounding it, E-sports and Athletic sports alike. E-Sports is filled with a myriad of competitive games that require players to study and practice for hours on end and some rise to the very top, becoming the best of the best, your MVPs, much like Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, etc. Plus there are PLENTY of very famous moments in E-Sports history that could compare to Jordan's final shot in the '98 finals, or when Gretzky became all-time leader of goals, or any no hitters in baseball. I even have an example that took me maybe 3 seconds to google:
The tone of judgement in this article is so belittling it's a disgrace that he has the privelage to write and publish on this site. Get with times, E-Sports is a RAPIDLY growing industry and more and more younger players aquired by these teams are going to have interest in E-sports as well. Grow up, and quit writing garbage.



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:08 am
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

This blog is truly upsetting.  I have been a long time CBS sports fan.  I have enjoyed everything from daily news to march madness brackets to even subscribing to your paid monthly service so I could watch my local college team.  However, this blog, while perhaps only "affiliated" with CBS has turned me off for good.  To express such contempt for the passions or interest of others is disgusting.  To describe an activity that requires both physical and mental skill, which is positive and harms no one as an "embarrassing chapter in the history of the league" is outrageous.  In a league riddled with scandals, sexual abuse, domestic violence, guns, drugs, etc. you decide to call out Gordon Hayward??  Because he is has "nerdy" interests?? I struggle to understand how racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination can exist in our society and then opinions like this remind me how ignorance and arrogance can warp one's view of the world.

What would this article have been like if the author was targeting a professional athlete for their race? Their sexual orientation?  For any hobby they have that is in no way against the law or harmful to others?  It would have never been allowed to go public.  Yet targeting a professional athlete for being a "nerd" is acceptable?  "Oh man did you hear Kobe likes to play chess and that LeBron enjoys reading??? What a bunch of losers!  I am glad Michael Jordan is retired and doesn’t have to play with these embarrassments!!"

I hope you enjoy this temporary boost to your traffic.  Even though this may have just been a blog, As a sports fan, there are plenty of places where I can get my sports news and I will not be using CBS in the future or any site the tolerates such ignorant and judgmental points of view.  Ironically, it won’t be long before all major sports blogs will be writing about how eSports is becoming mainstream.  (See Forbes, Wall Street Journal).  Account cancelled. GG.




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