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Monson: Hey, Gordon Hayward, stop and read these text messages

First Published      Last Updated Jul 02 2017 06:17 pm

Since open letters are passe, here's an open string of texts to Gordon Hayward:

gordon …

did you hear your name? did you hear the voice of the crowd at the end of game 4, chanting "gordon hayward," over and over, and then over and over, again? …

your name echoed off the cement walls, off the steel beams overhead, off the court, off the minds and hearts of the patrons on hand …

of course you heard, because you waved as you walked off the floor …

nice gesture, acknowledging the fans …

afterward, you called it something special …




you said the fans here have stood by you and that you have nothing but love for the community …

the people of utah have grown fond of you through the past seven — seven, can you believe it? — years …

because you're the kind of hard-working player they can applaud and appreciate, the kind of player they can relate to …

they go to work everyday, bust their humps to support themselves and their families, trying to earn their paychecks, trying to do their jobs to the best of their abilities …

just like you …

at first, they weren't sure …

they didn't know …

yeah, they booed when you were drafted, but when kevin o'connor told them to wait a couple of years, they did …

and then, they cheered …

they booed stockton's selection, too, and now the man's deified around here …

he's got a street named after him, a statue on the plaza …

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