Hayward: Pressure is on Winning Not Stats

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As for the occupants of those seats in EnergySolutions Arena, (Gordon) Hayward also feels considerable responsibility to them. But that feeling has more to do with “25-57” than “$63 million.” He’s willing to be judged by the Jazz’s record going forward, but not necessarily by the numbers that follow the dollar sign.

“For me, I don’t think I have to live up to anything now,” he said. “They paid me what they wanted to pay me, and let’s go from there.”

The reality is that as soon as Hayward struggles this season, when his shooting percentage is dropping, the four-year contract that he signed with Charlotte and was matched by the Jazz will hover over him. But he’s not thinking that way, as of late July.

“Oh, man. No pressure now,” Hayward said of his own game. “The pressure is trying to win. That’s the pressure.”

via Kurt Kragthorpe of The Salt Lake Tribune