Gordon Hayward's love of Starcraft isn't anything all that new. During the lockout, he was set to actually become a professional Starcraft player.
KSL5 Sports in Salt Lake did a feature on Hayward's video gaming habits and this doesn't appear to be some kind of passing hobby. Obviously behind basketball, and not that far behind, it's his passion. Something he really loves to do.
And check out this quote from Hayward:
"Starcraft is by far the hardest game I've ever played as far as competition wise."
He said that obviously knowing he plays in a league against LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.
Props to Hayward for showing no embarrassment or shame about his favorite pastime. There's a pretty clear conflict it would seem from professional basketball jock, to video gamer. But he has no problem showing it off. Salutes for that.
Hayward's not just some scrub either. He was a lottery pick and has become a pretty nice player for the Jazz too. He finished his second season with the Jazz, averaging 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Not too bad for a video gamer.
Via I Am A GM