It’s hard to believe Gordon Hayward went down with that catastrophic injury just two days ago.
It truly feels like that was two months ago and that we should all be two months into his recovery road back to being on the court in a Celtics’ uniform. But alas, life still sucks in the Celtics Kingdom. You all want some good Gordon Hayward news at least…?
Well, you should go find it somewhere else. Hayward’s agent, Mark Bartelstein told the Worldwide Leader in Sports that Hayward was unlikely to return this season after undergoing surgery last night in Boston.
I lied, there is some good news. Hayward’s surgery was a success and that is the most important thing. I think that’s something that is taken for granted because anytime you have to undergo surgery to replace what happened to Hayward’s ankle, you just hope there are no complications. It seems like the road to recovery is off to a smooth start.
Robyn Hayward, Gordon’s wife, echoed that with posts to her Instagram story.
Here’s the thing, I know this is a big headline because it’s coming from his agent and we know this is going to be plastered all over the place that Hayward is out for the year and it’s pretty much official… but I just don’t buy it yet.
This honestly just seems like what ANY AGENT EVER would say. Why not? Set the expectation that he’s done for the year and don’t build this extreme hype that Gordon is going to be back before the end of the season. That puts more pressure on a guy who already had high expectations being the big max-contract signing for the Celtics this summer.
Bartelstein is trying to set that bar low and I commend him for it. We all see the timelines and the stories of former athletes with this kind of injury saying that he could be ready to go in March. But it’s not fair to expect that and rush this guy out onto the court before it’s necessary.
I really think this is still a wait and see kind of process. If Hayward recovers before the end of the season and IF IF IF IF IF he feels like he can give it a go, nobody is going to stand in his way. Would I be upset if Hayward decided not to play when he could? Absolutely not. This recovery has to be just as much about the mental state of mind as it is the physical condition of his ankle and body as a whole.
It’s going to be a season full of Gordon Hayward updates, so strap in. It’s only been two days and it seriously has felt like multiple months.