Get to Know: Gordon Hayward
From David Locke’s “Get to Know” series with Jazz players.
First team ever played on: Youth soccer team with my dad as the coach at four or five years old.
First buzzer beater: Can’t remember.
First dunk: Sophomore year in high school.
First pair of basketball shoes: Some really cheap ones. Off-brand for sure.
First time you ever saw yourself on TV: High school basketball interview.
First nickname: Stick Boy.
First car ever driven: Honda Accord that I drive now.
First CD: Jock Jams.
First video game ever played: Super Mario Bros.
First day off in Utah: I think we went to Park City.
First jersey owned: Reggie Miller.
First autograph: Reggie Miller.
First poster: Reggie Miller.
First big purchase: My car.
First time you ever got in trouble as a kid: I went to the principal’s office for pushing somebody in the bathroom, ’cause he was trying to beat up my friend.
First pet: Never had a pet.
First kiss: “First kiss was [long pause], first kiss was [long pause], I think I almost let it, I, it was with, one, a girl. Obviously. And she drove off, and I was super nervous, and I told her, I called her and said that I forgot something in her car. And then she drove back, and I gave her a kiss.”
Best game ever played: Like ever or as a Jazz?…High school semi-state tournament game. We were down by 10 and I basically brought us back and we won the game.
Worst game ever played: Exhibition game in senior year of high school. Shot 2-19.
Best athlete ever: Peyton Manning.
Best meal ever: Christmas meals that my grandma makes.
Hardest workout ever: 5:45 a.m. practice in high school, sick and in front of scouts.
Maddest you’ve ever been: Probably after the national title game at Butler.
Best friend in the league: Jeremy Evans.
Best movie ever: Dark Knight trilogy.
Best TV show ever: Game of Thrones.
Dinner with three people, dead or alive: Mom, maternal grandma, and Abraham Lincoln.*
* As Locke pointed out, Gordon’s mom replaced Jesus on this list from when he was asked last year.
Last sport played besides basketball: Tennis.
Last vacation: Cruise to Europe.
Last item bought: Parking ticket at the mall.
Last music downloaded: I don’t download music. I use Spotify.
Last bad grade: C in physics.
Last good grade: Every other grade.
Last time you were scared: Playing this video game called “Slender.”
Last time you were incredibly happy: I’d say right now.
Last time you cried: Sister’s wedding.