Gordon Hayward Ready for Long Road Back from Devastating Injury
“I’m definitely a little more mobile than I was two weeks ago,” said Gordon Hayward on Wednesday. “I’m on the road to recovery and excited to attack that.”
The road to recovery is only beginning for the star forward as he transitioned into a walking boot. After suffering a gruesome season-ending leg injury, Hayward’s journey back will be a long one, but he is mentally ready to move towards returning onto the court.
“Obviously I was devastated,” Hayward said as he recounted the injury. “I felt like I put in so much work to get ready for this season. I made a pretty tough decision to come here to Boston to play, and one that I definitely don’t regret by any means. But I definitely wanted it to go differently for my first game as a Celtic. I was just devastated that I wouldn’t be able to contribute, that I wouldn’t be able to have the season I wanted to have.
“And then after that it kind of settled. I was just overwhelmed with the amount of support that was shown from all kinds of athletes across all kinds of sports.”
Not ready to re-enter the gym, physiotherapy will be a very important part of his rehabilitation once Hayward will be able to put physical pressure on his leg.
“As far as my career, I’m going to try to turn this negative into a positive,” said Hayward. “I think there are things that, as a player, I need to get better at, and now I’m going to have all the time in the world to work on it. Part of that is a mental game. Part of that is film study. Part of that is working on left-handed finishes when I’m below the rim. There are all kinds of things that I can do to try to help myself as a player, and now I’m going to have the time to do it.”
It’s time for Hayward to find his ‘Mamba Mentality’.