Sometimes it’s better to just keep quiet than to say something that could come back to bite you. Gordon Hayward had this little nugget about Cleveland in an interview following practice on February 25th, 2014. He was asked about his favorite and least-favorite places to play in the NBA.
Least favorite, I would say, like, especially since I’ve been in the league, probably Cleveland. Cleveland to me is like Gotham City. It’s, like, so dreary, and just, I don’t know, and then ever since LeBron [James] left, I mean, the fans, they’re starting to pick up a little bit more, but I remember my rookie year, there was hardly anybody there.
So, that makes for a tough atmosphere when you have to go on the road, and you know, there’s absolutely no energy given to you, and there’s not even any energy in the building given to them, hardly either, so that’s a tough place to play.
As if Cavaliers fans weren’t sweating hard enough already with the thought of paying a 24-year-old that many of them (be honest) hadn’t really much heard of before the day started. And yet the Internet is exploding with talk about the Cavaliers potentially preparing to offer him a “max” deal for as many as four years and as much as $60 million?
And it isn’t like Hayward went nuclear on Cleveland like Joakim Noah did, but this is sure to test the inferiority complex of many many Cleveland fans who aren’t unfamiliar with going nuclear toward even the smallest of the city’s detractors.
My advice is obviously to chill, but I wouldn’t bet on a lot of Twitter users to heed that.