Blog Entry

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 3:58 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

I made an account just to flame this writter. How disrespectful of him to make these judgements. I've player travel basketball and I travel to compete in video games. I love them both. I balanced them in my life together and really loved them. If this guy is to come in here and just flame on how Gordon Hayward made a "bad" decision then the writter is the one who is making a bad decision writting this. I encourage Gordon Hayward to follow through with his decision and not turn back. It takes a lot of balls to make that decision in the public light because IMMATURE people like Ben have to be hypercritical of HIS choice to do this.

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:55 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

I would like to formally voice my disapproval of the tone of Mr. Golliver's article.  ESports is becoming a more legitimate profession by the year and at some point, it will be covered by sports sites like CBS's. 

The question is:  Has Mr. Golliver's article damaged CBS's reputation with the eSports community? 

I for one do not use this site (I only created this account to voice my opinion), but if CBS ever created a section for eSports, I would probably not come here again.  I feel that Mr. Golliver's lack of knowledge and tact is a poor representation of the CBS site as a whole. 

It would be wise to offer some sort of apology to whomever you may have insulted as a result of the article.

Robert S.

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:35 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Attention starcraft people....please light up Ben Golliver's twitter @blazersedge  also follow @Scooby_ru if you feel like it.

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:27 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

one more thing Noob Golliver. go tell this to the US armed forces WHO recruit these types to poeple to fly our drones, command robots, defuse bombs being a mile away. or maybe a lab tech that was a pro gamer and now is a laser tech.Ive played college D1 football and ill tell ya. the "stress" of a 4and1 goaline stand in NOWHERE close to the stress of meeting a deadline. Im actually dumbfounded by this article. 

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:16 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Golliver is a noob. Hayward stated that the rigors of going for a 6 figure pool prize could be very stressful. and shooting a 3 pointer is stressful in itself. I'd like to see this pencil necked geek  play a round of pro gaming and see if those guys dont take it seriously and that the pro gaming circut is not as competative as anything else. because remember Noob Golliver basketball is a game too. virtual or real life STILL a game. dumb ass. 

This post is approved due to me being a top 1k superstar. LMAO  

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:07 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

God, the journalist here is as ignorant as anything else.

Someone who doesn't even know both sides of the case starts pointing out of terrifying on thing is from another.

I've been a semi-pro athlete in Denmark for 3½ year whilst playing video games as well.

The sense of achievement winning on both sides is so satisfying.

Yet, stay close-minded. Judging from your article here, your intelligence and view seems truly limited, and that has been proven by the looks of your article.

And we do want to live in a world where zerg attacks and game-winning shots are the same, because it depends on the player to decide what is the best. 

Idiots will always stay idiots. Jesus Christ.

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:06 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

im with asdf07, i created a account to tell you that if any chapter in this league is embarrasing its you (ben) not gordon hayward trying to compare the similarities between video games and a professional sport, because i believe he is correct with the competitive nature of either one you want to look at. just because he knows how to play video games at a professional level like many other people doesn't mean there "nerds". i still am very competitive in sports and in video games and i can guarantee you i'd beat you in any sport you want to play or in video games while at the same time work out longer, run faster, and lift more weight than you ever could, yet i've never been called a nerd. your a douche:)

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 2:50 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Whily i agre that golliverisa went over the top, this article is not about "a basketball player playing vide games" it's about bashing the esports community as a whole and making fun of a guy who likes to play competitively. Talk about an overreaction.

Maybe he should direct that passion to something that matters.  

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 2:35 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Wow, Golliverisa___, you really have anger management issues. It's an article about a basketball player playing video games. Talk about an over-reaction. Undecided

You should direct that passion to something that matters. You could really make a difference. Here? Not so much.

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 2:26 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or