Gordon Hayward is not a fan of Cleveland

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.

  • TheCrippler

    Who cares….if he gets paid, he will like the city.

  • Rudy

    Kid played his college ball at Butler for four years…you think he would be used to dreary cities (Indianapolis)

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    You’re right Gordon, Cleveland IS like Gotham City….

  • Trillionairejc

    Please not here….he is not worth it…..

  • I don’t think what he said is all that bad.

  • Harv 21

    Like TJ Ward, like all athletes: just shut your mouth or go all Crash Davis cliche. So idiotic to burn potential bridges with cities.

  • Indy isn’t dreary! I love spending time there.

  • Rudy

    No more or less dreary than Cleveland

  • stryker1121

    “Oh, dear. Could it be that someone said something cruel about me once? I’ll try not to weep.”

    -Tyrion Lannister

  • mgbode
  • mgbode

    and you cut out the part about hating cold & snow in the winter. it’s like he was making sure he listed out the things people are sensitive about.

    city itself – check
    weather – check
    fans – check

    there’s a lot a bit old paycheck can fix though.

  • mgbode

    the Michael Jordan quote about the other side buys shoes too.

  • simond

    exactly. money solves most problems. dollars are the same color green in Utah and Cleveland.

  • Jon

    I don’t know how nobody has made the reference to “Commissioner Gordon!”

  • Anthony V.

    If he signs, can his nickname be the commissioner ?

  • King Me

    As a small market team you’re going to have to overpay for in-demand players every now and then. 4 yr/$60 mil is a little much for a player like Hayward, but you have to sweeten the deal somehow to convince players to come here.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Agreed. The few times he was here, it was dead and in the middle of the winter. So he didn’t enjoy it.

  • Petefranklin

    No fans were there because who wants to overpay to see a team of stiffs that were tanking the season like the Jazz were last year.
    Cleveland is a big step up from SLC unless you are a skier or hunter. Especially the clubs. Indy sucks as well.

  • The Other Tim

    So… is Wiggins going to have to guard everybody on the other team next season?

  • Don Francis Castiglione Jr

    no, I went to Indy alot too as a student at IU, though its a great city, it too can be dreary in the winter. That’s just midwest towns in general outside of Chicago

  • DP

    I was born and raised in Cleveland, but I took a job in Orlando 10 years ago. I miss Cleveland and never got the negativity except for the weather. The people are the nicest people in the country, the fans are die hard fans and there’s a lot to do. There’s A+ museums, great pubs, local diners, a great zoo, a casino, great highyway system, the roller coaster capital of the world, Whiskey Island and Put In Bay amongst others. I have been to every major city east of the Mississippi and Cleveland definitely ranks at the top! Every time I go back to visit, I dont want to leave, but my job and family is my number one priority. People that talk bad about Cleveland dont give it a chance because its a great city with great culture!

  • bob

    Who doesn’t know gordon hayward? He was in the national spotlight his in the college finals

  • Ezzie Goldish

    I lived in NYC for 10 years feeling the same way. Finally got a job back here (paying as much as NYC), and it’s amazing to be back, and it’s really booming. Was at the Star Spangled Spectacular tonight; Public Square was packed, we walked through an absolutely packed E. 4th – my father said he cannot remember the last time he’s been in such crowds outside of Browns’ games in a long time.

  • Keaunu Reeves

    Who the hell is he?

  • DJL1022

    Cleveland Rocks… period. Only people that have never been and that are clearly undereducated about this fine city throw it under the bus. I agree, the winters suck at times… but lets face it, its winter! The people are without a doubt some of the finest in this great land. I can speak on this topic as I have been to almost every large and small city in this country (and I currently reside in NJ!). So, if you have never been to Cleveland, please and kindly (LOL) shut your mouth!

  • The Other Tim

    He wasn’t there for four years.

  • Brandon Dun

    I love Cleveland don’t get me wrong… but have you been to Salt Lake City?! that’s a great city… You wouldn’t think it’s as nice as it is but it’s pretty fricken amazing.. and i’m not a skier or a hunter FYI

  • Petefranklin

    I’ve been to SLC and it sucks! Two beer limits at dinner? It’s beautiful, but lame and unwelcoming to outsiders who don’t fit “the look” or aren’t in the church.
    Now, I do get bored in Cleveland after two days, but you couldn’t get me to stay in SLC for more than one day.