Posted by: Jaron on April 21st, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Great article on Gordon Hayward.
I can’t believe no one has put this link up yet, I know you must have read it by now. I read it yesterday afternoon. It might have been the not-so-wet willy that finally compelled someone to write about the emergence of Gordon Hayward, but he did get quite a bit of love at the all star break as well. Kenny Smith said if only four guys are future all stars from the Rising Stars Challenge this year, G Time would be one of them. He is starting to show some consistency in his very talented game, and giving some weight to Kenny the Jet’s prediction. We can only hope that both Gordon and Derrick Favors become all stars in the near future. Gordon is playing lights out as of late, and the NBA is taking notice.
By the way, WHERE HAS “JAZZMAN” BEEN SINCE HAYWARD REALLY TURNED IT ON? He was always the first to point out when Hayward had a bad game. I haven’t seen one comment from him in over a month. This is unrelenting proof, that he was always a troll.
I remember Hayward getting booed when he was drafted, I was actually on a long vacation in another country during that draft. I was watching the draft page on the NBA website from my laptop hitting refresh over and over again, watching the names slowly fill in the empty spaces next to the team’s names. I remember praying and hoping and wishing the name “Demarcus Cousins” wouldn’t show up until number 9. I let out my usual “son of a &!+<#” shout of pure disappointment when I refreshed the page to find his name next to the blasted Sacramento Kings. **quick disclaimer, all I knew about Cousins was that he was dang good at Kentucky and huge. I was not aware at the time that he is one of the world’s biggest thugs. We didn’t even have Al yet so I was really hoping for Cousins.
Once he was gone I waited impatiently for a name I recognized to come up next to the Jazz icon as I continued to hit refresh. I must admit I missed the Butler Cinderella story from March Madness that year, because I had no idea who Gordon Hayward was when his name popped up. I watched some highlights of the reaction from the crowd at Energy Solutions Arena and all I heard was booing and I watched some dude in a D Will jersey and a Jazz hat shouting “terrible!!!” If I do say so myself I believe if I had watched the final four that year I would have been very excited to get Gordon. After my initial disappointment I did some research on him, and he looked like a very good player to me. I reminded myself that Stockton got booed as well when he was drafted, and I waited with somewhat tempered expectations for the future.
What followed draft day was the season of the 7th circle of Jazz basketball hell. Somewhere between starting out awesome, then tanking, followed by Jerry Sloan leaving and D Will getting traded, my football shaped Jazz fan head was spinning like the Teacups at Disneyland. What gave me hope for the future was Gordon Hayward, playing amazing defense against Kobe on his way to 20 something points and a victory over the Lakers,Phil Jackson and Kobe both paying huge compliments to him, and then Gordon torching Denver for over 30. I felt that if Gordon could play consistently anywhere near that level, (and its probably on a few of my older posts) we would be a playoff caliber team. I felt we could even compete for a championship again if we could add a few more important pieces. The playoff caliber team part of that hope is now becoming a reality. Whether we make it or not, we are a playoff caliber team. We may be one or two pieces away from being a top tier team. I feel only the Spurs, Thunder, Bulls, and Heat are the only teams considerably better than us. Who would have thought that we could say that after what we went through last year? Whether we make the playoffs or not, we are on the verge of being a force in the West, and Gordon Hayward has been and will continue to be the X factor in that equation.
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