Gordon Hayward Is Out Of His Cast, Taking Shots


"I keep imagining what it's going to be like to step onto the floor. and make my regular season debut as a Celtic". So just devastated, I guess, that I wouldn't be able to contribute, that I wouldn't be able to have the season I wanted to have. "That's just the type of person that he is. It'll probably take a little bit of time, but for sure hoping". I went out to eat with him this morning. "But there's no reason to continue to sulk and have self-pity", he said.

"He's a good human being and a great person". Head coach Brad Stevens has kept his former college protege involved, and Hayward even spoke with the team Wednesday night before their win over the Sacramento Kings. I'm already dreaming about sharing that moment with everyone here in Boston - a city that I'm still getting to know, but that I've connected with through all of this in ways beyond anything I could have imagined.

"At first, it was just grueling to try and watch", Hayward writes. The doctors were unbelievable, all the doctors at New England Baptist and Dr.

"When they were carting me out that's when it hit me emotionally", he said.

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"After that kind of settles, just overwhelmed with the amount of support that was shown, from all kinds of athletes across all kinds of sports". Five minutes into the season opener against the Cavaliers, Hayward landed strangely going up for a lob and went down with one of the more gruesome injuries you can imagine - his foot at a 90-degree angle, unmistakably broken.

On combating the day-to-day struggle: "Daily, I still have negative thoughts". "It's hard not to, especially when you watch the games". "And as a parent myself, I would rather take their pain". I think this is going to be great for their careers, there's nothing better in the National Basketball Association than experience and meaningful experiences, which I think is something that this team - we're young but, at the same time, we're ready to win. "Still be a part of the team as much as I can". I rolled over and saw my foot, and it was pointed in completely the wrong direction. "That would help me as well". I hadn't really talked about it until then and so, I guess siting down and putting out my thoughts was really helpful for me.

Part of that day-by-day approach has included shooting out of a chair, which, in a sense, has kept Hayward sane. "It's pretty short", Hayward said.

"I've written several blogs, and this one was by far the longest one as the time it took for me to do it", Hayward said. "Those hours seemed like they lasted forever because you're just sitting there, you're bored, and you can't do much". I have a scooter at home that's another toy for them to play with and another thing that they can get hurt on, more than anything. "Right after this, I'm going to do so rehab, do some chair shooting, and that's what I'm focused on".