Boston Celtics small forward Gordon Hayward is a big Fortnite fan, but when he discovered the new basketball feature in the battle royale, he found out virtual hoops can be harder than real ones.
Hayward recently started streaming his gameplay on Twitch, attracting thousands of his NBA fans in to watch and interacting with them, with Fortnite his game of choice.
He joins the ever growing list of professional athletes who are revealing their passion for gaming and streaming on Twitch, including NFL player JuJu Smith-Schuster, and football players Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Fortnite recently added in sports mini-games for golf, volleyball and basketball, so it was a no brainer for Gordon Hayward to try out his shot on the court in Tilted Towers.
However, despite being an NBA star and known as one of the best 3-point shooters in the league, Hayward quickly found out that shooting with the mouse and keyboard was tricky at first.
Finally, on the seventh attempt, he managed to sink one in, but he still has to hit four more 3-pointers to complete this week’s challenge.
Knowing his history, it is really no surprise that Hayward is into gaming and Twitch, as a self-proclaimed esports fan.
Back in 2016, a Utah Jazz player at the time, he was the first NBA player to sign an esports endorsement with his sponsorship of Hyper-X, a partnership still in place today.
He recently stated that although he was a big fan of esports, he isn’t quite ready to invest or start his own team, but that he had “almost pulled the trigger three or four times”, according to ESPN.
You can watch Hayward streaming his gameplay over on his Twitch channel, which might be live quite often over the NBA off season, and he occasionally plays with some of other top players and teammates.