Why isn’t David Stern fired? While the NBA continues to go nowhere fast with its lockout, the other sports scene (esports, that is) benefits from the chaos.
Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward isn’t just going to sit around and watch the paychecks never come as the NBA continues its lockout and flips its wig over a broken system that will ultimately punish the stars and the fans. While the NBA injects more ganja into its veins and laughably asks players to accept less, Gordon Hayward is off to make money in the e-sports scene: Starcraft II competitive gaming.
“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.” -Gordon Hayward.
Deseret News states: “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.”
The fact that players are turning to different revenue streams(such as playing overseas) and activities is beginning to jump start real concern over the lockout. CBS argues that the stress of competitive gaming is nothing compared to the stress level of playing in the NBA: “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.’ ” Of course, this simply accentuates the absence of understanding: Ryu doesn’t even do karate chops in Street Fighter. But that’s beside the point. The reality is to follow the money. The young star is shifting his talents into another industry that pays big. Can’t blame him! At any rate.. long story short:
On the court, Hayward looks like this:
In a Starcraft match, he looks more like this:
And remember folks, if you get caught getting Zerg rushed by Hayward, remind yourself that it could be worse: he could be doing it to you in real life too!