Gordon Hayward: I can take LeBron James 1-on-1...in video games

Wednesday October 15th, 2014

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward has posted an essay on his website in which he claims he is the greatest in the game and could easily take on top NBA players like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Blake Griffin one-on-one. In the "League of Legends" computer game, at least.

Hayward describes how he came to be "The Best in The Game", spending 20 hours a week in high school playing Halo and entering tournaments with his friends.

Giants fan pelted with trash in Philly 

"It was the only other thing I did in high school. I didn’t have a girlfriend. I didn’t go to dances. Literally all I did was play sports, then come home and play Xbox. I was logging two or three hours a day because my parents put a limit on it, and I always went right up to the max on that."

Hayward even recounts having to call then Butler coach Brad Stevens after he committed as a high school senior to make sure he would not be committing any NCAA violations by winning money in a video game tournament.

Kobe Bryant threw down $10,000 so Tony Gaffney could gamble

The 24-year-old's current gaming fascination is the multiplayer "League Of Legends" computer game, and he says that while he could definitely take down any other professional athlete, he would get blown out of the water by any of the gamers who play professionally.

Brendan Maloy

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.