Gordon Hayward is on the long road back to recovery after a serious ankle injury on Opening Night of the NBA season. Through it all, however, G-Time has remained incredibly positive and an important part of the Boston Celtics.
“He’s doing really well,” Celtics executive Danny Ainge said of the forward. “It’s gonna be a long process, but he likes being around the team and the guys.”
After surgery, Gordon’s agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN it would likely be a season ending injury:
After surgery tonight, Boston's Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season, agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 19, 2017
However, multiple doctors and medical consultants have speculated that No. 20 could come back to the court late in the season and that the only potential issue would be him not being in game shape, nothing to do with the bone.
Gordon has maintained that he is taking his rehabilitation seriously and has loved being able to get out of bed and back in the practice facility. He has started taking shots from a chair to get back to some part of basketball.
It has been extremely positive for G-Time to get back in the gym after a while being cooped up at home.
“Because, for so long, for two weeks or whatever, I was in a bed with my foot up[for] the longest time,” Gordon told reporters in a press conference. “Those hours seem like they last forever because you’re just sitting there and bored and can’t do much.”
G-Time was able to attend his first Celtics game after the injury on Nov. 16 against the Golden State Warriors. It was significant for Gordon in that he was finally back on the bench with his teammates and he proved he was able to get around with crutches and a walking boot, rather than a mobile knee scooter.
Got to see my guys in person tonight…didn't disappoint! Another one…
— Gordon Hayward (@gordonhayward) November 17, 2017
New information given out by Danny Ainge today revealed that No. 20 is about two weeks away from being out of his walking boot. There has been no update on a possible return date, but this can only be positive news as Gordon progresses toward a full recovery.