My path to the pros

Jazz forward Gordon Hayward recalls the days before he got paid to play.

Originally Published: June 29, 2013
By LaRue Cook | ESPN The Magazine

The beginning

I played everything growing up: basketball, tennis, soccer, baseball, football. I started playing basketball when I was 4 in a rec league at Garfield Park in Indianapolis. Brownsburg, where I'm from, doesn't even have organized ball until second grade. In first grade I added tennis, which I played with my twin sister, Heather, and baseball, which I played up until junior high. In fifth grade, I tried football and I was the QB, but we ran an option offense, so I got ...

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