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Markazi: Gordon Hayward expands horizons through video games

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Markazi: Gordon Hayward expands horizons through video games

Boston Celtics striker Gordon Hayward was getting ready to eat out in Milwaukee when everything changed, one text at a time, before he could sit down to place his order.

“It was wild, over the course of 45 minutes I went from getting ready to play the Milwaukee Bucks to figuring out how to get home,” said Hayward. “The first text was that a Utah Jazz player had tested positive for coronavirus and their game in Oklahoma City was canceled. And then our game would be canceled and then all season would be suspended. ”

It was March 11 and without a game the following night and on the air, Hayward met two assistant coaches at a nearby bar where important questions were discussed.

“We are wondering if we are going home or if we are stuck in Milwaukee and we notice that we just played Jazz five days ago,” Hayward recalled. “Do we have it and don’t even know it? When are we going to be tested? All these things are on our minds and we’re just trying to figure everything out like everyone else was.”

The Celtics traveled home the next day and were later tested for coronavirus, but Hayward wasn’t sure what to do pending the results. The Celtics played last week not only the Jazz, who had two confirmed cases, but also the Brooklyn Nets, who had four confirmed cases. Hayward’s wife, Robyn, is pregnant and they have three young daughters at home. If he was positive, he did not want to infect his wife and children.

“If my wife got it that could potentially be catastrophic and life-threatening to our baby and her, I wanted to make sure I was clear before I could get home,” Hayward said. “We were tested a few days after returning home. I spoke to the doctors and we decided it was okay to go home, but I had to keep my distance and not hug someone until we got the results back and we were 100% sure. ”

Hayward’s test came back negative, but his former Jazz teammate Rudy Gobert was the first positive test in the NBA, and his Celtics teammate Marcus Smart also tested positive. Both players recovered, but Hayward showed that anyone could contract the corona virus.

“If a teammate made it, I just wanted to make sure they were okay,” Hayward said. “It’s a scary situation and everyone has parents or grandparents or someone in the family where it can be more dangerous if they get it.”

Hayward spent the last month at home with his family, but he also found more time to play his favorite video game, “League of Legends”. Gordon will regularly live stream his sessions, but has also used video game play to keep in touch with family and friends.

“I think video games have played a big role for me as an NBA player,” said Hayward, who led Butler to the NCAA tournament semi-finals and championship appearance. “When I first left Indianapolis, I was only 20 years old and moved to Utah with no friends or family there. I had my teammates, but I was the youngest player and everyone had a family, so video games and because I could play them with my friends it was like interacting with them.

“We are all in quarantine, but as someone who plays video games, that part feels normal. Everyone is still going on and we can play and hang out.”

Gordon recently invested in Tribe Gaming, a mobile-focused esports organization. He likes to stream, but it hasn’t always been easy because his daughters wanted attention.

“We definitely have a lot to do in Hayward’s household,” Hayward said. “If someone recently watched my stream, it was hard to get here and play a few games. I was invaded a few times by my daughters while I was playing. I think people like to see that. They’re great when they come here except when they let me lose. My wife let me have a room in the house where I can do anything with it so I installed my dual monitors here and my PC and I’m ready to go. “

Hayward has tried to stay in shape but said that since the postponement of the season, he has been unable to step on a field or shoot a basketball.

“We have a little home gym and I have barbells up to 40 pounds and I gave my wife a pack last year, so I did that and did the home workouts,” said Hayward. “On fun days, I can go outside to run and do some ball control exercises like I’m a kid in my driveway. I don’t have a basketball court. I haven’t been able to shoot or anything. The practice facility is closed, so you there’s nowhere to go. We’re just trying to figure out how to get through this and keep ourselves ready, but at the same time keep our distance and stay safe. “

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