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“I always thought that we would be out there every night after dinner just going with epic battles,” said Gordon Hayward Sr. in an installment of SB Nation’s “Origins” series. “You know, when he was a freshman, he was under me, and I just kind of bullied him, and then all of the sudden he grew, and I’m under him, and he’s bullying me.” Hayward’s parents and his twin sister, Heather, joined the Jazz player on “Origins” to discuss what his basketball career has meant for their family. Conversations about everything from neighborhood games of “Kick the Can” to the most memorable moments of his career make it clear that the Hayward family has taken Gordon’s ride to the NBA together. Watch the entire video here. Deseret News

February 3, 2015 Updates

A new addition is coming to the Utah Jazz family — or more specifically, the Hayward family. Gordon and Robyn Hayward are expecting a baby girl, due in mid-June. "It’s been an incredible year for me and my family," Gordon posted Tuesday on his blog. "I got married to Robyn. I signed to stay in Utah, and we settled into a new home. And now, our team is making its greatest addition ever." Both are very excited, he said, but it has been a challenge for his family while he's on road trip. Fortunately, coaches and players are handing out plenty of advice. Deseret News

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Hayward zoned out the talk, bulking up in the weight room at St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis all summer. He lifted weights five days a week, completing a near two-hour strength, conditioning and speed workout. As a result, he added five to seven pounds of muscle by the start of training camp, weighing in at 230 pounds (up from 220 the previous season). "He got a lot stronger, a lot more confident than last year," Jazz teammate Derrick Favors said. "I think the strength has helped him out a lot." SB Nation

He also morphed into one of the top tennis players in Indiana, reaching the state singles quarterfinals. But as college basketball coaches began to watch him play, it became clear Hayward's future lied on the hardwood. "If he played tennis year round, he had a strong chance of probably playing professional tennis," former Brownsburg tennis coach Eric Esterline said. SB Nation

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Utah Jazz guards Trey Burke and Alec Burks disagreed with how Gordon was injured during the teams' game in Salt Lake City on Nov. 22. Gordon came out of the game at 4:35 of the second quarter with a left shoulder injury that later was found to be a torn labrum. Gordon said the injury occurred when he was driving to the basket and Burke, 6 foot 1, grabbed his left arm, pulling his shoulder out of socket. However, Burke, a second-year player out of Michigan, said he was not involved in the play on which Gordon was injured. “I on the bench when it happened,” Burke said. “That was Alec. They got tangled up.” The Advocate

November 7, 2014 Updates

Hayward pulled a Hayward in the first half when he timed a James layup attempt and blocked it from behind. The Cavs though it was goaltending. The superstar even said he was told by an NBA ref at halftime that was the case. So, Hayward? “It was close,” he admitted. “They didn’t call it a goaltend. That’s all that matters, right?” Hayward wasn’t about to give any Cavs a chance to block his shot on the other end. He hurried back on offense and finished the highlight sequence off with a thundering dunk. Deseret News

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A fifth year center, Favors scored a career-high 32 points and added nine rebounds and two blocked shots to that total. Small forward Gordon Hayward was almost equally as good, scoring 24 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and handing out three assists. They were without question the two best players on the floor. On a young team that still features a bunch of questions, Favors and Hayward looked like potential all-stars - if only for one night. "What Favors did tonight from a leadership perspective was outstanding," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "I thought Gordon was also terrific. Derrick’s line obviously stands out at you, but Gordon was almost as good. Those two guys - from a leadership standpoint - they just connected tonight." Salt Lake Tribune

October 17, 2014 Updates

While in Southern California for a preseason road trip, Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward had a chance to reunite with perhaps the most popular Utah Jazz teammate they’ve ever had. And it happened, of all places, on the set of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." The two Utah players were invited to participate in a five-minute segment featuring JP Gibson, the 5-year-old with leukemia who signed a one-day contract with the Jazz last week. The family didn't know the players were going to surprise them and be part of the show, which aired Thursday afternoon. Deseret News

October 14, 2014 Updates

"Just the fact that he took out 15 minutes to Skype with me showed a lot," Hayward says. "His brand is legendary status, so no matter what he'll always be a basketball idol worldwide. ... Everybody is a fan of MJ. He's one of the best to ever do it." The Haywards visited the team's practice facility, toured the neighborhoods and visited the homes of Cho and Jefferson. "I didn't know what to expect ... but they blew me away with their presentation," Hayward says. "They came in and did a whole analytical presentation too, which was really, really impressive. It spoke to the analytical part of me. I was a computer engineer and math major in college, so that was really impressive to see. USA Today Sports

October 11, 2014 Updates

"That was strong. I feel like he got stronger than last year," Jazz center Rudy Gobert said. "He’s going to need it, because people are waiting for him this year." Gobert, known to be feisty himself, smiled when asked about the Hayward staredown. "First time I see emotions from Gordon," the French center said. Deseret News

October 9, 2014 Updates

A funny moment after shootaround was provided by Snyder and his quick wit. He was informed that he looks life-like in the new NBA 2k15 video game that made its debut early in the week. "I’m in a video game?" Snyder asked. "Maybe now, Gordon (Hayward) will start listening to me." Salt Lake Tribune

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