His latest comments certainly won’t endear him in Utah.
When Hayward left for the Celtics, Jazz fans burned his jersey. One jersey-burning fan pointed out the problems he’d face joining LeBron James in the Eastern Conference:
Goodbye, Gordon. Thanks for betraying us. Have fun being LeBron’s little B-word.
After LeBron James signed with the Lakers, joining the Jazz in the Western Conference, Hayward responded to that fan on Pardon My Take:
Now the Jazz might be LeBron’s little B-word.
As Jazz fans love to point out, LeBron has lost seven straight games in Utah.
Another Jazz talking point: three-hour practices. Former Utah forward Trey Lyles criticized Quin Snyder’s three-hour practices. That specific length has taken on a greater meaning in Utah and become a point of pride.
Did Hayward realize that when explaining why he likes Celtics coach Brad Stevens?
Just his personality. He wasn’t going to scream at you or yell at you. He seemed pretty logical with how he did things, as far as practices were concerned. We’re not going to run you into the ground for three hours, because you have to play this weekend, and then I also want you to be good in March, too, which I thought was pretty cool.
Maybe people are reading to much into that comment, but someone who covered Hayward with the Jazz doesn’t believe so. Tony Jones of The Athletic:
Time heals most wounds, and eventually, there won’t be as much animosity for Hayward in Utah.
In the meantime, Hayward is just creating new wounds, whether they’re real or merely perceived.