The season is continuing for the Boston Celtics, but unfortunately for foreward Gordon Hayward, things have taken a bit of a halt.
Hayward has been on the sidelines ever since the season opener when he fractured his left ankle while playing against the Cleveland Cavaliers. His injury put him out for the season, as he had to be placed on crutches and into a boot. The player will eventually complete rehab.
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Once Hayward is up and ready to get back on his feet, he’ll need to work on re-teaching his ankle how to work. He will head to rehab and maybe hop in the hot tub to help heal the wound.
Danny Ainge, the president of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics, said that although he is out for the season, Hayward is just weeks away from fully being out of his boot. Even though many fans are upset that he will not return this year, they’re glad to hear the positive update regarding the healing process.
According to the NBA, Ainge spoke with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich show in Boston about the injury. They asked if Hayward has expressed any interest in returning this season, and Ainge said he hasn’t.
“You know he hasn’t expressed that,” he told the radio hosts. “Just knowing professional athletes, I know that down inside he wants to be back faster than anybody has ever been back from this kind of injury … I know what’s going on in his mind, but I don’t think he’ll say anything about how fast he wants to get back.”
According to Boston.com, Hayward is continuing to rest up until he is able to get out onto the court once again. He’s doing what he can to make a successful recovery.
“He’s got a competitive streak to him,” Ainge said. “He’s asking lot of questions. He’s got good people around him. He’s diligent in his rehab.”