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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: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:05 am

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

I can't believe this article got as many comments as it did. Seems like a lot of video gamers were so upset by this article, they finally hit the pause button to do something else for a minute. Unfortunately, a lot of 'em are showing how stunted their social development is with the comments they make. I wonder if all the gaming they do has anything to with it.

Seriously, kids.....maybe it's time to put the game controller down and find a real issue to get upset about. Undecided

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:25 am

writes article 5 mins, defends twitter 5 days

conflict of interest you got raped by bullies as a fat little kid, i rape kids in chess and on the court umad bro? keep buying cbssports subscriptions tool lololololfag.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:53 am

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

This is the best article ever written.  Look at how many nerds made cbssports ID's just to reply.  The author deserves a pay raise for creating such a buzz.

Secondly, all these "nubes" (ha, ha, I used a video game term!) to the sports world sure have potty mouths.  tisk tisk.  I guess you get that way when the closest you've ever been to getting your arse kicked was a virtual experience in a MMA video game. News flash, cave nerds, in the real world you can't talk like that and keep your face in tact.  But for some of you... your face couldn't be much worse. (thats why you hide it behind an avatar)

But to the nerds defense, they dominate me anytime I get online. I spawn... I die. I spawn... I die. (repeat until screen says your team loses) And they did create a billion dollar industry.  Too bad it came at the expense of being socially retarded and not being able to have a coversation without the mention of some mythical warlock.

As for Hayward... he's a pro basketball player... who plays video games.  Don't think somehow nerds that he isn't the same kid that beat you up in gym class and teased you because you, well... you're you.  Hayward is not on your team.

Also not on your team:  Steve Jobs (you adore him, but he doesn't play games, he makes money from tech nerds that do), Bill Gates, hot women, Bowser, mega-man, soap, toothpaste (teeth in general), Captain Hook, a ball, excersice, and almost hot chicks.

You nerds look like E. Honda, Smell like Reptile, and posers just like Ken (a cheap Ryu)

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:35 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

This is a terrible bias and unproffessionally written article.  You are the embarrasment not Howard.  He is doing what he loves to do, whether that is playing basketball or playing Starcraft.  I doubt you even know how much e-Sports proffessionals practice.  Why don't you do a little bit more research into the subjects you talk about?  You are the one living in a world of your own delusion fantasy.  

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:27 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Although I agree with the sentiments of the eSports supporters in this thread (I myself posted a response many many pages back), it is really sad to see the comments go from negative but overall respective criticism to complete and total inappropriate flaming, and even threats...

Seriously people, you are not supporting eSports by posting comments like that, you are only setting it back.  Also, you are criticizing an article for being ignorant and inappropriate and then you do it by responding with your own inappropriate comments full of ignorance, topped with immaturity and disrespect.  It is one thing to criticize someone where criticism is due, but be civil people.  I have more respect for Ben Golliver than people who post F*CK BEN GOLLIVER GO ESPORTS and the likes.  Some of these comments are really disappointing and a bad representative of the eSports community, we're better than that guys.

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

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

I just came here to let you know that the 80s wants their culture clash back. 

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:54 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

     I interpret this ignorant dismissal of Gordan's decision as a sign of the NBA growing soft, or the sign of a player losing sight of priorities one of two ways: the writer truly is an ignorant commentator out of touch with the reality of esports, or the esports scene is starting to pressure the standard professional sport leagues. The esports scene has generated a momentum which grows each MLG--bigger crowds, grass-roots movements, and a growing collegiate league. Meanwhile, the NBA scene has no momentum of change; its the same fanbase yesterday as it is today, and the lockouts dont help. And since there is no way such an organization as cbs will allow an ignorant commentator foul their name, clearly this is a blantant attack on a population gamers.
      The Starcraft scene has been professional for over a decade now, complete with its own scandals and glory. Korea launched it from its infancy merely because the foreign world wasn't ready (foreign being anywhere outside korea). However with a growing community of competitors, focused on makeing the everyman a better player, the esports scene has become a network, not of nerdy neckbeards but, of diverse, unique players. there is no typical profile for a gamer.
     An NBA player competing in starcraft should be an indicator. The stress and mental rigors of a typical starcraft game, especially at the high leagues, demand a controlled, calculated scheme of observation, orientation, decision, and action, just as any team must do in a basketball or football game. Players train in a manner to play, not just the game, but their competitors. The Starcraft esports scene may still be in its infancy, but their may be a day where Minigun's sentry stalker play becomes commensurate to "the haymaker Charles Oakley hit me with last night". 

Sidenote, I do enjoy how this sports forum has "classes" for posters such as "all-star" or "amateur".

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:25 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

What I think is funny is the term nerd.

did you mean your boss or the one who created the technology in which you earn your living.

Seems kinda like looking a gift horse in the mouth to me.

Also author,  does it shame you that what looks to be your most read article is just people telling you how poor  a journalist you are?

Just another chump with an email account who probably tells people he is a writer.

i mean how can you fail so hard as a SPORTS REPORTER, easiest job ever

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:03 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

I am not ashamed AT ALL that I created an account SOLELY to respond to this artice.

Ben Golliver, is it? What the hell man? Do have the SLIGHTEST IDEA what you're talking about? Apparently not. Do you know, these pro players often train for 10+ hours a day in a game that's incredibly intense in high level competition where the slightest error can result in loss? They often perform 300 actions a minute in game, and play with stratospheric levels of strategy that your (obviously insignificant) brain would never understand. They're SMARTER THAN YOU, Asshole. And they may never be able to compete in your game, but I want to see you try theirs. Hell, train for a month and come to a Starcraft tournament. You'd get torn to shreds by a B-teamer like it was nothing. Starcraft is difficult. Its hard as hell. Its stressful. Its WORK. And only an ignorant moron like you would say otherwise.

Reeeeee-orrrrr Reeeeeeee-orrrrrrr. Yes, thats the sound of my asshole alert being activated.

Do some fucking research next time. Try a second in our game and you'll see.

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 9:52 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

"Also, video games are for losers who don't have anything to do in real life.  Suck it dorks."

Such important things like commenting on things on the internet? Sounds like your projecting your own insecurities, buddy.

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