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UPDATE 05/26/2014: Meet Gordon Hayward's wife Robyn Hayward.
Though the two have been together for a relatively quick period of time, and engaged for an even quicker period of time, the two tied the knot over Memorial Day Weekend, 2014. Plenty of Hayward's Jazz teammates attended the nuptials, and with his impending restricted free agency, it may be a farewell of sorts for the shooting guard guaranteed to have plenty of suitors. Hope Robyn is up for a move, because our money says Boston is in his future to reunite with college coach Brad Stevens. With an 8 figure payday on the horizon, and a brand new bride, everything's turning up Gordon.
Congratulations to the newlyweds.
On the surface, Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward seems like he belongs in Utah. The nice white kid from the small school (Butler), who loves shooting threes. For his sake, we hope that Gordon Hayward's girlfriend, who is soon to be Gordon Hayward's wife Robin Van Vliet likes Salt Lake City, because she'll be sticking around for a while.
The last we knew, Gordon Hayward's girlfriend Kolbi Killingback, was in the picture having dated since college. In the time that's passed, Hayward and Van Vliet have begun dating, and proudly took to Twitter and Instagram to announce the news on Christmas Day:
Merry Christmas to everyone out there! Hope it's a good one! Mine was especially good bc SHE SAID YES!!!! So thrilled I get to marry my best friend and such an amazing person @robynvanvliet! I love you!!! - @gdhayward - Instagram
Soo happy I get to marry this babe .. Finally engaged to the love of my life - @robynvanvliet - Instagram
Hayward isn't shy about going public with his relationship, often posting pictures of Van Vliet and telling the world how much he's missing her while on the road. Not much else is known about Van Vliet, but Hayward is certainly proud to be marrying her. Congratulations to the newly engaged couple.
(L-R)Gordan Hayward, girlfriend Kolbi Killingback, Korrie Evans, Jeremy Evans
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It's been a long time since the Slam Dunk contest has been relevant. Yes, in recent past Blake Griffin and Nate Robinson have provided some hype, but overall the event is nothing like it was back in the 90's. All of that said, the show just go on. The defending champ is Jeremy Evans and his wife Korrie will certainly be watching him attempt to repeat.
Jeremy Evan's wife Korrie hasn't been in that role for very long - the couple just got married on August 25, 2012. The ceremony took place in Savannah, GA with teammate Gordon Hayward and coach Tyrone Corbin in attendance. Evans wisely let Korrie do all of the planning, but is quick to say he was ready to help when called upon. The couple met in college, both studying at Western Kentucky.
Evans is just another in a recent string of second round draft picks to make an impact in the NBA. For a while it was almost a given that if you weren't drafted in the first round, your career was probably going to be pretty short (if you even had one at all). While the majority of his notoriety comes from the dunk contest, Evans has been serviceable off the bench for the Utah Jazz. Just goes to show that with good scouting, you can pick up the likes of Monta Ellis, Marc Gasol, Glen Davis, Danny Green, Mario Chalmers and Omer Asik, just to name a few. Evans personally just got the sign he'll be around for a but, signing a 3 year, $5.5 million deal after the 2012 season.
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Gordon Hayward has launched himself on the national landscape with a more than solid sophomore season in Utah. Because of this, it would stand to reason that he'd have his choice of the hottest Mormon options in the greater Salt Lake area. However, like the nice looking kid he is, it appears Gordon Hayward's girlfriend Kolbi Killingback is staying around for a while, and that Hayward has no interest in checking out the local scenery.
The world first saw Kolbi at the 2010 draft though we had absolutely no idea who she was at the time. Before Gordon took the stage to put on his Jazz hat and shake hands with David Stern, he got up and celebrated with his friends and family, which also included a kiss with an attractive blonde. That blonde was Kolbi, who also happened to be fresh out of high school at the time. Kolbi is now a sophomore in college at Ball State University where she is studying social work. College took Kolbi only 90 minutes from home, where she attended high school in Brownsburg, IN.
While Kolbi and Gordon spend most of their time a couple time zones apart, Kolbi did debate the merits of going to Gordon's 2012 All Star Weekend, posing the nearly impossible to decide choice to her Twitter followers:
To go to All Star Weekend and fail a test or to miss All Star Weekend and probably still fail the test..?
From the looks of her Twitter feed, she did attend All Star Weekend, and the BBVA Rising Stars challenge. No word on how the test ended up for her.