Green Teamers are probably getting their hopes up for a Gordon Hayward return to the Boston Celtics this season after seeing his recent Players’ Tribune video.
On Friday, Hayward tweeted out The Players’ Tribune video with the caption, “Patience. One goal,” while hinting that more details were coming about his rehab.
In the video, the Celtics’ sharp-shooting forward is seen busting jimmies from all over the court with ease.
It’s one thing to be shooting around, but it’s a completely different animal when it comes to in-game running, cutting, and movement.
Once he posts a video of himself running suicides or going through defensive drills, then we can start planning his “return party.” Sound like a plan?
Celtics’ head coach Brad Steven was quick to shut down any notion of Hayward returning this season.
Brad Stevens was basically as definitive as he’s been regarding Hayward. “He’s not playing this year.”— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) March 3, 2018
Stevens and Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge have noted in recent weeks that Hayward is making progress, but he’s still not ready to travel with the team, according to Chris Forsberg of ESPN.
He’ll be able to travel with the team once “he has reached the point where he could do workouts away from the alter-G anti-gravity treadmill that he’s been forced to use while waiting for clearance to run at full body weight on the injured ankle,” according to Forsberg.
Hayward suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle in his left leg just five minutes into the Celtics’ season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers back in October.
The Celtics (44-20) are sitting in the number two spot in the East, trailing the Toronto Raptors (45-17) by only two games with 18 to play. And they’re seven games up on LeBron James and the Cavaliers, who sit in third place at 36-26.
Sure that sounds like plenty of time for Hayward to get things right, but from the sounds of it, it ain’t happening. Sorry Green Teamers! It looks like we’ll be rolling through the next month and the playoffs with Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and others cycling through the three spot.
UP NEXT: The Celtics (44-20) will play the second of a three-game road trip Monday night against the Chicago Bulls (21-41). Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 7:30 p.m., with tip-off set for 8:00 p.m.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com