Bound For Boston

//Bound For Boston

Bound For Boston

2018-12-20T13:41:00+00:00July 6th, 2017|

The 2017 NBA offseason brought with it one of the most difficult decisions of Gordon Hayward’s life, and after several days of thinking, G decided to head to Boston and join the Celtics.

He announced as much in a post to The Players Tribune, citing his longstanding relationship with Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, who recruited and coached Gordon at Butler University, as a motivating factor for his move.

There were so many great things pulling me in that direction. There was the winning culture of Boston, as a city — from the Sox, to the Pats, to the Bruins. There was the special history of the Celtics, as a franchise — from Russell, to Bird, to Pierce, and it goes on. There was the amazing potential of this current Celtics team — from ownership, to the front office, to a talented roster with Isaiah, and Al, and everyone else. And of course, there was Coach Stevens: Not just for the relationship that we’ve built off the court — but also for the one that we started building on the court, all of those years ago, in Indiana.

And that unfinished business we had together, back in 2010, when I left Butler for the NBA … as far as I’m concerned, all of these years later, we still have it:

And that’s to win a championship.

 

Some of Gordon’s new teammates in Boston were thrilled at the news

https://twitter.com/Al_Horford/status/882393680996446209

https://twitter.com/smart_MS3/status/882394953669894144

Of course, in choosing to go to Boston, Gordon leaves behind the only NBA team he’s ever known in the Utah Jazz. Over a seven-year career in Utah, Gordon saw the best and worst of the league. From playoff contending as a young player still trying to find his way in the NBA, to growing as a player while his team struggled, to an All-Star who played a large part in getting the Jazz franchise back into contention.

G won’t soon forget what Utah meant to his growth as a player and a person and the Jazz thanked him for all that he did with the franchise.

 

8 Comments

  1. Ben Chapman July 6, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    So pumped that Gordon chose Boston. I live in New Hampshire and will make an effort to get to the Garden this season to watch him play. Been a big fan since finding out he streamed SCII back in 2011. It has been a thrill to see Gordon get better and better as a basketball player. It will be truly special to see him and President Brad Stevens take the Celtics to banner 18.

  2. Brent Dildine July 7, 2017 at 1:36 am - Reply

    Best of luck in Boston Gordon! I’m a huge Jazz fan and loved watching you go to battle for 7 years. I was heartbroken to learn of your decision to join Boston, but I’m coming to grip that it was your decision to make and I believe you really did struggle with whether to stay in Utah or go to Boston. You’re definitely one of my favorite players so I know I’ll
    continue to follow your career as a Celtic, even though I still gotta root for my Jazz. I hope you continue being the great NBA player and teammate, great husband and father, and great person in the community you were in Utah. I’m sure you’ll continue your excellent legacy in Boston. I’m definitely a Jazz fan forever, but again, much respect and best wishes to you and your family going forward!

  3. Brice Woodbury July 7, 2017 at 2:17 am - Reply

    Gordon I have been a long time fan of the Utah jazz and I was hoping as much as anyone you would stay, but I understand where you’re coming from and while this decision hurts I appreciate all the years you gave us and I hope nothing but the best for you and your future. I hope you know that some of the people leaving mean comments are a vocal minority and I don’t think they reflect what the majority of fans think. I’m one of the original fans of the franchise. I have been following them since the early 80s. I couldn’t afford to go to too many games but I guarantee you I watched each and every one on TV every year if you were with the team and what I witnessed was a very hard-working and devoted person on the court. Off the court you seemed like a good son and a good brother and a good father and husband to your lovely daughter and wife. I believe that this was a tough decision and I sincerely believe that you did enjoy your time in Utah so I look forward to following your career as a Celtic and following my team as they recover from the loss. I hope we can meet in the finals some day and of course I hope we beat you, but I look forward to the challenge. Godspeed

  4. Ryan Harris July 7, 2017 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    I am a huge jazz fan and was heartbroken that you left but understand why you decided to leave. Thanks for the 7 great years you gave us and good luck in Boston. Know that the majority of people I know respect your decision and the mean comments are coming from the minority. I also am sorry for all the mean comments your wife got. Hope get a title and that you meet the jazz in the finals in a few years and that the jazz win.

  5. Scott Thomas July 9, 2017 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    My 10 year old son cried for 10 min straight when he heard you had decided to go to Boston….but he did ask the other day if we could get a “Gordon Hayward Celtics jersey”. Oddly enough his my career player on NBA2K17 is playing for the Celtics. You have meant a lot to him and you have meant a lot to Jazz nation. I have been a die hard fan since I first started following basketball in the 80’s. I was super excited to see the growth this past season, especially the return to the playoffs. Hopefully the team will keep it up – but it’ll be hard without you. Good luck in Boston. I am sure we would welcome you back with open arms if you get homesick ( :

  6. Jim Dixon July 10, 2017 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Gordon, I’m a big fan. I hope you do well in Boston.

    My only constructive criticism is I wish you had been more transparent with your decision to leave so Utah would have more options to explore with the free agent market. That time between the “leaked” announcement and when you made it official killed the Jazz.

    Again, good luck in Boston.

  7. Justin July 17, 2017 at 5:03 am - Reply

    You my man Gordon! I been watching you play a ton and every time you do you just get better! It’s great that you are reuniting with Brad and I think you guys will be amazing! I got a feeling banner 18 is coming to the Garden very soon…@gordonhaywardceltic

  8. Lee July 29, 2017 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Gordon Hayward I am so excited to see you in a Celtics Jersey. When you step into the garden for your very first game and look up and see all those banners and all those fans cheering for you. Then is when you’re going to fully realize the decision you made. Your heart will tell you if you made the right choice. I can’t wait for that day to come for you. I would love to welcome you to the Boston Celtics. Where dreams do come true. You might feel pressure from the outside. Celtics fans know your a incredible athlete and one day you will be a Boston Celtics Hall of Famer. Good luck at everything you do. Wish the best for you and your beautiful family.

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