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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.
Comments

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

What does Gordon know about being a successful basketball player?  


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



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

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Reeeee-orrrrr. Reeeeee-orrrrrr thats the sound of Ben Golliver having no credibility on the internet henceforth.

As said by others below, you are now looked at as a Bigot, and Ignorant.

 

Enjoy your infamy ya jackass.



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:47 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

you better take your head out of your ass Ben Golliver, you piece of shit. don't ever diss esports like that, you ignorant fool.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

FUCK BEN GOLLIVER



Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Couldn't have said it better



Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:19 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

So its a crime that he's doing something that he wants to do?

Heck, I'm sure you'd be nervous if you had a six figure prize reward on the line.

Hayward gets his NBA paycheck regardless of whether he misses or makes the 3 point shot. The Starcraft money comes down to whoever plays the best. I would not criticize him at all.



Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Ben,

The only thing embarassing is how ignorant you don't realize you are in this article.  I've been a CBS faithful for years but it's articles like these which brings me to question the integrity and merit of the CBS journalist and CBS staff as a whole.  How something like this can be published is unbelievable and unforgivable.

To answer your question on whether Gordon Hayward is right?  Well, I give you an emphatic YES, and anyone else who has a clue will also agree.  No, I'm not in the NBA but I'm a masters league SC2 player (for people like you who know nothing about Starcraft 2, this league consists of the top 2% of players in each region) and games are STRESSFUL.  You probably have no idea what APM's mean, do you?  Because if you did, you would not compare playing SC2 to Street Fighter or Excite Bike.  Do they have different leagues for different skill levels?  Do they have competitions with $100,000 prize pools??  They don't, but even know if they did, since you most likely wouldn't have looked into it.

Think I'll go to ESPN for future coverage, unless they post an even more ignorant article than this one...if that's even possible.




Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Wow Ben Golliver. You really outdid yourself this time. THIS ARTICLE SUCKS. You know nothing about competitiveness and, as others stated, your ignorance towards eSports is disgusting. You and CBS should be ashamed that this article was even allowed to be published. Just because Gordon Hayward doesn't listen to morons like you and actually takes video gaming seriously and is good at it, doesn't make him a nerd or anything of the sort. It makes him a person with a hobby, just like you writing your stupid opinions that are about as skewed as Barry Bonds saying he never did steroids.

Sorry Ben Golliver but you lost the respect of a lot of people today, including me. Screw you man. I won't go as far as saying I would kill you but man I would love to whoop you up for the ignorance you've just displayed towards a section of humanity. Go shove it.



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:03 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

The author of this story is a fucking bellend and disgrace.  That is all.



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

The correct onomatopoeia for nerd alert is 'A-WOOOO-GA.'  Have some self respect.  JEEZ.
 


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