Gordon Hayward talks the Philippines, what kind of transportation there is in the Philippines and coaching change
Interviewer: David Locke
Interviewee: Gordon Hayward
G, how are you?
Hayward: I am good, how are you doing?
Locke: Wow, this is so funky. What’s it like?
Hayward: It’s hot…Definitely need some sunscreen out there.
Tell me how this came about.
I mean, it was just one of those things where they came to me with the opportunity, and, I mean, it’s a trip to the Philippines on the NBA*, and I get to go with [fiancee] Robyn, and, I mean, couldn’t pass it up, so. Excited to see some hoops here.
* Emphasis mine.
Have you been able to see much of Manila yet?
Not really. We stayed at the hotel a lot. We went to a mall yesterday, and did some shopping and stuff. And had a little banquet yesterday, but other than that, we kinda been at the hotel. But it’s a nice hotel, so. They treat us right here.
So, does Manila fulfill the American stereotype of Asian cities like Tokyo, or Singapore, or Shanghai, or Bangkok? Is it just incredible population numbers with an amazing amount of activity and hot?
It definitely fulfills that stereotype. Took us about an hour to go 10 minutes around the block to the mall, just with the traffic and everything, so. It’s pretty dense, and definitely fulfills that.
I’m ignorant of the Philippines. Is it just cars, or is it cars, bikes, rickshaws and pedestrians? What is the traffic pattern, or lack thereof?
A little bit of everything. It’s, like, cars…and then they just have, like, random bikers running through the streets. They get so close to each other.
Robyn’s not the tallest thing, but does she, the American beauty often gets a lot of attention there!
Yeah, she does. And you know, we were walking around and she had some heels on. And we looked like giants compared to everybody.
What’s your schedule like?
Today, we have, like, our opening ceremony, and kinda our first day on the court. Yesterday, we had a welcome dinner, and today, we get to the, get on the court with the kids, and I think we’re doing a couple workouts, and first day of drills and stuff, so. I get to check out and see how they are.
Who else is there with you from the NBA?
Hayward: Tina Thompson from the WNBA…It’s just me and her.
Locke: I called her games in the WNBA. She wore redder lipstick than any person ever in the history of basketball. If you didn’t know that, you can ask her about that. I wouldn’t do that.
How old are the kids?
Hayward: Ten to 14.
Locke: Do they know the NBA at all?
Hayward: I haven’t really talked to much of them yet, but there’s definitely some Utah Jazz fans just over here, ’cause just walking around the streets there’s been some people that have said “Go Jazz” and stuff.
* Can’t claim to have been everywhere, but the Philippines is the most basketball/NBA-crazy country I’ve ever been to, and it’s not close.
Any thoughts on Tyrone Corbin being let go?
I mean, it’s one of those things where it’s difficult just ’cause I’ve been with Ty for the past, you know, four years, and he was great for me and for the organization. And, but I think it’s, you realize it’s a business…It’s just, sometimes you have to move on. So, sad for Ty, but excited for the organization.
You said at locker room cleanout the Jazz have to play with more athleticism and pace. Do you hope that’s the direction the organization goes with the new coach?
Yeah, I think so. I mean, we should probably utilize what we have, as far as just the speed we have out on the wing and some of the athleticism. I mean, it’s, hopefully it can [result in] easy buckets.
I mean, you know, it’s hard to score in the NBA when you have to walk the ball up the court every time. So. I think definitely, if we get out in transition, it’ll probably be a little better for us.
Congratulations to you and Robyn. If I don’t talk to you before your nuptials, I’ll probably text you, just to wish you luck. And then in July I’m going to start texting you every hour. “What’s new?” “What do you know?” “Come on!” And you’re gonna be like, “Locke, stop it!”
Right. Yup. (Locked on Jazz)
Locke was on 1280 the following day and was asked what was his biggest takeaway from his conversation with Hayward. His response:
I think that he was, he just, you know, last year was a frustrating year. I’m not sure he, clearly, from his comment at the locker clearout, that he always thought that whatever we were doing was best to help him out of his problems.
I’m not sure that that’s fair, but that’s probably irrelevant to the conversation right now, of whether that’s fair or not.
But I do think for him personally, this is probably the best for him, is a new, fresh start, and hopefully a coach that he, you know, he has a little bit of what I would call Brad Stevens-itis. And there probably also might be a little Jeff Hornacek-itis. I mean, I think he, it’s particularly Brad Stevens-itis.
He’s had a, he just, you know, had such a fabulous experience with Brad Stevens that I think he’s had a hard time adjuusting to having a different head coach and having a coach who does things in a different way. And hopefully, you know, this fresh start will be good for him.