In an Instant

November 1st, 2017|19 Comments

I had run that play countless times. Last year with the Utah Jazz, it was one of our signature plays. I'd get an alley-oop from Joe Ingles almost once a game off it. This time, [...]

Back to Basketball

September 21st, 2017|42 Comments

It was a wild summer—definitely the craziest offseason of my career—and I'm definitely relieved that it's over, and that it's nearly time to play basketball again. In a lot of ways, the first part of [...]

The Finals

June 1st, 2017|30 Comments

One of the most highly-anticipated NBA Finals in recent memory is about to get underway, and it’s a series I’m definitely looking forward to watching—not only as a player, but as a fan of the [...]

PLAYING WITH PRIDE

March 24th, 2017|19 Comments

We’re hitting the home stretch of the season now, with just 10 games left before the playoffs. I’m really proud of where we stand. We’ve had some ups and downs of late, but we do [...]

BECOMING AN ALL-STAR

February 8th, 2017|34 Comments

The day I learned I had made my first NBA All-Star Team, I honestly wasn't thinking about it too much. We had a game that night, and I was focused on keeping my same routine. [...]

STATE OF THE JAZZ

January 9th, 2017|40 Comments

I hope everyone enjoyed a happy holiday season, and is ready for a great new year. It was exciting to be home for Christmas Day, with it falling before a road trip this season, instead [...]

THE NEXT STEP

October 25th, 2016|9 Comments

As we get ready to tip off the 2016-17 NBA season, there’s a buzz around Salt Lake City that hasn't been here in five or six years, probably since the Jerry Sloan days. The community [...]

FINDING BALANCE

August 17th, 2016|12 Comments

It’s been quite the offseason for me and my family already, with still more yet to come as we wind toward another basketball season. Right now, I’m on Team No Sleep, but I’m still doing [...]

LOOKING FORWARD

May 19th, 2016|11 Comments

I entered this offseason excited for what’s ahead and over these last couple weeks I’ve been getting ready to get to work doing the other part of my job as a player in this league, [...]

LOOKING BACK

May 10th, 2016|20 Comments

Since the end of the season, I’ve had some time to unwind and decompress. I have to admit, it’s hard to not be playing right now. Instead, I’m just sitting at home and seeing the [...]

Back From The Break

February 19th, 2016|5 Comments

The All-Star break is over, and all of us here in Utah were really excited to get back to basketball, and finish what we started this season. I did take a nice little break over [...]

The Case for Gaming

February 11th, 2016|3 Comments

Originally published on The Players’ Tribune. […]

WHERE WE STAND

January 15th, 2016|2 Comments

We’ve reached about the halfway point of the season, and I honestly feel pretty good about where we stand. We’ve had a very up and down year, and that goes hand in hand with being [...]

THE FIRST HURDLE

November 24th, 2015|2 Comments

We’re in the midst of an important year here with the Utah Jazz, and as we get ready to begin the second month of the season, we're not necessarily where we thought that we would [...]

The Value of Offseason Work

August 11th, 2015|3 Comments

It’s an exciting time right now as the summer draws to a close, and workouts ramp up with the season already fast approaching. I’m currently in Las Vegas getting ready to join Team USA for [...]

Baby Bernie

July 17th, 2015|15 Comments

Bernadette Marie Hayward was born on June 6, 2015, so it’s been a little over a month since I became a dad. It’s been a tremendous, life-changing experience. She really hasn't been that alert so [...]

I Informed You Thusly

June 22nd, 2015|6 Comments

I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about how Robyn and baby Bernadette are doing, and I’m happy to report they’re doing very well and becoming a dad has been a life-changing experience. I’ll be [...]

THE FINALS

June 4th, 2015|7 Comments

Can LeBron James will the Cleveland Cavaliers to victory, or are the Golden State Warriors just too much to handle? That's how I ultimately see this year's NBA Finals breaking down. The matchup actually reminds [...]

BEAST OF THE EAST

May 20th, 2015|3 Comments

The conference finals got off to a great start last night in Oakland with Golden State's 110-106 win over Houston. It's hard not to be excited about these next two weeks, if you're a basketball [...]

BEST IN THE WEST

May 19th, 2015|3 Comments

The 2014-15 NBA season has been one of the most thrilling years for the league in a while. In large part, it's been because of the unpredictability of it, which has carried over into the [...]

PREPARING FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE PART II

April 28th, 2015|15 Comments

I’m really proud of what I accomplished this season. I put a great deal of hard work into my game last offseason, and to see that pay off and play the way I did this [...]

PREPARING FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE (PART I)

April 27th, 2015|35 Comments

There’s been a lot on my mind over the last couple weeks as I put the 2014-15 season in the rearview mirror. I wanted to share some of what I was thinking about the season [...]

ALMOST CHAMPIONS

March 18th, 2015|12 Comments

A few weeks ago, I had a moment of déjà vu that brought me back to the final moments of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. That’s not a place I revisit that much, to be honest. You [...]

Outlook At The Break

February 13th, 2015|8 Comments

We’ve reached the All-Star break, 53 games into the season, and I’m pretty happy with the progress that we’ve made. What I like most about our team’s growth this year is the development on the [...]

A BIG-TIME ADDITION

February 3rd, 2015|13 Comments

It’s been an incredible year for me and my family. 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 [...]

Making Headway Into The Holidays

December 23rd, 2014|6 Comments

As the 2014-15 season rolls on and we reach the holidays, there are a lot of interesting developments popping up around the league.  It’s been a very competitive season and there are several teams that [...]

THE LEARNING CURVE

December 15th, 2014|4 Comments

I really like being the underdog. So when we play against a team that is considered one of the best in the NBA and everybody kind of writes us off, I enjoy those games. It's [...]

Lessons Learned and Buzzers Beaten

November 13th, 2014|10 Comments

It’s been a crazy first couple of weeks of the season so far, but I’m really enjoying it. […]

THE BEST IN THE GAME

October 14th, 2014|58 Comments

My name is Gordon Hayward, spelled with a G. And I am the best player in the game today. Go back and read that sentence again in case you think you misread it. You didn't. [...]

GETTING STRONGER

September 12th, 2014|12 Comments

As the summer comes to an end and I take a look back on it, I can’t help but be extremely happy and blessed with how things went this offseason. Between my wedding, signing a [...]