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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: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2012 6:15 am

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Uhh, Ben Golliver, "Pressure" is mental, not physical. Some 87-year old bingo player could face the same pressure as a 20 year-old Rose Bowl QB for the national Championship. And yes, Starcraft has enough "skill" competition inbetween random bingo and pro BB to say it does indue some serious pressure.

Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:16 pm
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Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: October 30, 2011 10:56 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

I am annoucing that I am playing Angry Birds professionally.  I'm quite good and expect people to pay me a salary to di this for a living.

Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:14 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Everyone realizes that basketball doesnt mean anything, right? Nothing actually happens except you running in circles and putting a ball in a hoop. I appreciate the fact that "professionals" give inspiration to kids. otherwise, basketball does literally nothing. no intellectual stimulation, and hardly any physical stimulation if youre not serious about playing. It is purely for entertainment purposes, as are all physical sports. Basketball is more useless than video games. as you said, if problems were put into video game format, things could get done. if problems were put into basketball format, people would get crossed, dunked on, and fight with the fans. you may laugh at people who play games seriously, but i laugh harder at people like you who are ignorant to the real effects of video games. did you know there are only two truly global competitions? no? well i'll tell you what they are: soccer and esports. not basketball. basketball is played in china, the US, and parts of europe. i would like you to find me a country where basketball is played professionally and starcraft is not. your beloved sport of basketball is useless. fun and popular, but ultimately very empty. please, don't be ignorant about the significance of esports. it's much larger than you think. sorry, but that's the way it is.

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:19 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Uh, remember 2010? When Gordon Hayward DID shoot a potential game-winning three-pointer?  In a national championship game?
If Hayward says playing Starcraft is as tough as that shot was, then i'd take his word for it.  He's done both and you've done neither.

Since: Sep 24, 2011
Posted on: September 24, 2011 6:30 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

, I just went through the whole process of signing up just so i can say - Dude, you are awesome :')

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2011 11:29 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Everyone realises these games are fake, right?  Nothing acutally happens except your chubby little thumbs get a workout.  I appreciate the fact that 'gamers' solved this AIDS mystery and believe strongly that if more problems were put in a game format they would hold people's interest and be solved.  I also don't think you should kid yourself into thinking whatever game is referd to here is anything other than a fantasy.  There is not problem solved, no contribution.  I don't begrudge anyone who wants to play games for what they are, entertainment, but will continue to laugh at the idiots who take it this seriously.  Your beloved 'esports' are on the same level as fantasy sports: fun, popular but ultimately very empty.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 8:18 pm

SC players: Maturity & Politeness FTW

To Mr. WeSC:

While many gamers may share the same sentiment with you. I advise you to turn your rage to something more productive. Such as providing a mature insight into your specific opinion Cool.

Just because we (gamers) may get angry at times, doesn't mean we need to express it in such a way that may cause us to stoop to level of our harsh critics. *Ahem--- Mr. golliver*  Tongue out. Let's all try to keep this discussion as civil as possible!


~ FlipKnight

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 7:58 pm

To Mr. RonnieB2331 & Mr. Ben Golliver

Dear Mr.RonnieB2331,

I'd like you to please turn your bigotry (Or is that too big of a word for you sir?) down a couple notches and read this small article concerning gamers who do "NOTHING FOR SOCIETY".



Done reading it? Great! Now take some time to do some actual research concerning gamers who; according to you, do not study hard for "advanced degree(s)" in "computer science". It may surprise you that many Computer Engineers, Software Specialists, Graphic Designers, and the like, are actually...*GASP* Laughing... GAMERS! As for myself, I have already graduated from a degree in Respiratory Therapy; which coincidently, takes hours upon hours of hard studying. How's that for contributing to society?!

Sometimes it shocks me how ignorant people can be. While I am glad that we have the right to freedom of speech, it is because of people like you and Mr. Golliver that truly degrade us as a civilized species. I only hope that your close-minded views can one day be broadened by the ever changing culture around us. One day, when E-Sports will be a common household term, you will look at your past opinions on videogames and wonder why you were ever so shortsighted.

Until that time, I sincerely hope that you can find a more "useful" way to utilize those brain cells of yours. Wink

As for Mr. Gordan hayward: Best of luck with you on your NBA Career AND your future endeavors in the SCII/E-Sports scene...


Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 6:28 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

I can't believe this is real. It is cool that sports players are getting into esports. But this reporter is a douchebag. "Reee-oorrr Reeee-orrrr. Yes that's the sound of your nerd alert being activated". I hope iNcontrol comes to Ben Golliver's house and beats him death. INcontrol is a great example of a starcraft pro who isn't "soft". Ben Golliver go fuck yourself and only write articles on things you actually know. You can't compare Excite Bike to Starcraft. Ben Golliver you need to learn Starcraft before you say anything bad about it.

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