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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 4:55 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

It's unforunate that Golliver clearly is too lazy to do a little homework before posting such an ingnorant article.  I feel bad for people like this.  It would have taken so little effort on his part to find out that eSports and professional gaming is not only on a massive rise but that at the most competitive levels it's quite fierce and every bit as stressful as any other sport or game(yes ultimately basketball is a game).  Clearly the author was either too lazy to do a simple search on Google to do some fact finding, which is incredibly sad considering it's his job, or he's just a blind hater of the eSports community at large and prefers to live a prejudiced life.  Unfortunately it seems be the latter based on his "nerd alert" comment. 

Although the games he mentioned are definitely classics and of course have their part in gaming history you can't compare them to the tournaments that are being held currently for StarCraft 2.  I really hope that the amount of negative feedback he's getting on this travesty of an article he wrote will bring to light to him and the rest of the CBS crew how much eSports has grown and legitimized.  

To the author: Please don't post ignorant rantings on something you clearly have little to no knowledge about.  It de-legitimizes your opinions and credibility on the whole as well as the people you represent (CBS).  

On a side note, I'm hoping that djWHEAT decides to grace this article with his presence and go on a biblical rage like he did with the kotaku article a while back. That was worth a few good laughs.

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:52 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Like many others I specifically made an account to tell you just how ignorant you are. 

Most of the points that needed to be made have already been made, so I'm just going to say that, as an e-sports fan and a writer myself, you should be ashamed of yourself.  

As a journalist you should know better than to write something so completely subjective, and even so you should have the presense of mind to know that there are all different types of people in the world. Who are you to say one hobby is more valid over the other?

So yes, my point is. You are an asshole. I think you need to seriously reconsider your career.  

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:38 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

1) A LOT of professional athletes play video games. Ever hear of Joel Zumaya?


2) Video games are EXTREMELY stressful and addicting.  Ever hear of Quinn Pitcock?



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:28 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

The writer is a complete moron.. maybe basketball players in the 90s weren't freaking out over a kick from ryu because video games back then aren't as complex as they are now? atleast compared to starcraft. the mental capacity it takes to succeed at starcraft and pro gaming in general FAR exceeds the "run this way and dunk" game that is basketball. (see what i did there i used your narrow minded approach toward basketball)

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:25 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

And we have another ignorant person w/ a sub 75 IQ posting in support of a cretinous article that bashes something that the author knows nothing about. Do yourself a favor and go buy yourself a clue. ESports is a rapidly growing profession, and these people put in vastly more time than professional athletes do as far as practice goes! When was the last time a professional athlete practiced 12-14 hours in a day for an upcoming match? Oh right, that was NEVER! This happens every day in professional SC2 because the level of skill and understanding is so high. Oh, and there are plenty of people (including pros) that play this and other games as well as being extremely active. I for one rock climb, run, or do upper body work outs 6 days a week, and I used to also play D1 hockey for UMaine. So please quit it with your uninformed statements about gamers being out of shape and/or geeks or whatever other naive statements you might make.

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:18 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

lol @ excersise -- maybe you should "excersise" your brain a little more and learn how to spell, Buddy!

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:18 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

i did!

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:08 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

I just created an account because I can't play sports and think gaming should be an olympic sport.  Please.... go outside and get some excersise. 

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:07 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

I used to be a top 10 user here, but I haven't posted in years. You, Ben Gulliver, have brought me back. I can see why the folks at CBS would have you post something like this: after all, the pageview totals for this article must be bigger than anything you've ever posted. But notoriety aside, what you've written here is as mindless and incendiary as someone posting "LOL NERDS" on the front page of CNN. Why is it necessary to slam a young man's offseason pursuits while trolling your readers? It's like CBS saw what happened a couple weeks ago over at Gawker and Gizmodo when Alyssa Bereznak posted a similar article trashing a guy for playing Magic The Gathering. (For those who haven't read it, the link is


Your juvenille sniping at nerd culture is a brazenly transparent attempt to generate interest in a section of the website that most people won't look at while the NBA is locked out. While your troll bait may have been successful -- my comment along with the growing furor on Twitter pretty much prove it has -- it cheapens the CBS blogging brand on the whole. In the future, I'll look for my hoops news at Grantland, NBAOffseason, and -- when it eventually launches -- The Classical.


Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:58 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

First of all Mr. Golliver I'd like to thank you for bringing to light how completely ignorant and pathetic of a person you are. You call yourself a journalist, yet you don't even come close to getting facts to put in your article. Gordon Hayward is not playing StarCraft II professionally, he's not nearly skilled enough to even contemplate doing that. He's simply participating in the open bracket that is offered to the public for a CHANCE to play against top players for the fun of it. He realizes that this e-sport is in fact just as fun to watch as any "regular" sport. This is coming from an AVID sports fan, and former D1 (UMaine) hockey player. I have played both hockey and SC2 at very high levels (well only mid-high masters in SC2, but that's still pretty high), and I can vouch for the fact that both are mentally and physically taxing. Sure, "regular" sports may be more physically taxing, but professional level SC2 is far more mentally taxing, and it requires the hand speed and accuracy of a virtuoso musician. So please, next time before you go bashing something that you don't even have the slightest clue about, go get some facts and maybe even give something you don't understand the benefit of the doubt. Of course judging by your article, your IQ is too low to actually enable you to learn from your mistakes, so you'll probably go on being an ignorant a-hole the rest of your life.

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