Hayward gets physical, earns first technical … ever

Gordon Hayward grew up playing tennis at a pretty high level and now we know this: he’s more Bjorn Born than John McEnroe.

The Utah Jazz swingman got into a little tussle with the Clippers’ Mo Williams in the second half of Wednesday’s 107-105 loss at EnergySolutions Arena. Both Hayward and Williams were assessed technicals.

Later, in the locker room, Hayward said it was his first technical.

First of the season? First as a professional? First since high school?

Nope. First ever.

“First technical ever,” he said. “It was physical out there.”

“It wasn’t even a good one,” he added. “I didn’t even get to yell at the ref.”

Hayward is more competitive and much more intense than he gets credit for; still, it’s hard to imagine him really going off on a ref anyway. At least not the way McEnroe used to abuse linesmen in tennis.

“I played tennis a lot and you’re really supposed to keep your cool, not show your emotions or anything like that,” he said. “I’ve always tried to keep my cool, not show when I’m up, not show when I’m down.

So, no Johnny Mac on the tennis court?

“I was exactly the opposite,” Hayward said. “Bjorn Borg.”

Hayward and Williams got physical with each other while trying to establish position during a Jazz in-bound play with 4:43 left in the third quarter. The smaller Williams was trying to move Hayward out of position but he was having none of it.

“I didn’t even know I got (the technical),” Hayward said. “But I’m not going to back down. I was just trying to get to my spot and he wouldn’t let me. I was a physical game.”

 

 

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Jim Burton has worked for the Standard-Examiner since 1991. He has covered everything from the preps to Utah, BYU, Weber State and the Ogden Raptors. Currently he is the Standard's Utah Jazz beatwriter and its sports columnist.
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2 Responses to Hayward gets physical, earns first technical … ever

  1. kent coleman says:

    Dear Jim,

    Looking at the Jazz in the future ,I think if it is at all possible we need

    to get rid of Harris and pursue getting Devairon Williams back.

    Just think of what a coup it would be to not only to have gotten New Jersey’s top picks but then get the very player back we traded away to get them.

    It would make G. M. O’Connor look like a genius and make the fans forget about the signing of Memo for 20 million and letting Portland steal Wes Mathews because we had no money to match Portlands offer.

    Not to mention the terrible deal that traded Brewer away in pre-flight.

    This deal not only broke Brewers heart but harded Williams against signing with the Jazz.

  2. kent coleman says:

    Dear Jim,

    Looking at the Jazz in the future ,I think if it is at all possible we need

    to get rid of Harris and pursue getting Deron Williams back.

    Just think of what a coup it would be to not only to have gotten New Jersey’s top picks but then get the very player back we traded away to get them.

    It would make G. M. O’Connor look like a genius and make the fans forget about the signing of Memo for 20 million and letting Portland steal Wes Mathews because we had no money to match Portlands offer.

    Not to mention the terrible deal that traded Brewer away in pre-flight.

    This deal not only broke Brewers heart but harded Williams against signing with the Jazz.

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