Yesterday, Gordon Hayward said what’s up to everyone in the world by writing a blog post on Facebook describing the night of his injury and how he has been doing since. You can read the post here.
I hope you all get a chance to read it because it is very well-written and it just really speaks volumes to how good of a guy Gordon Hayward is. Of course, I don’t know him… YET. But just every time you see something written by him or just hear him talk about his teammates and coaches and family he just seems like a great dude.
The point of this post is… You might not have time to read that whole post. You might just not read it in general, but in this post was a very interesting piece that I think is worth talking about.
In between Gordon talking about getting calls from all these superstar players, and even an e-mail from Barack Obama, Gordon had this paragraph that stuck out.
Finally, the Celtics organization has been just over the top in every aspect. They know I will not be back on the court at all this season, but they have been making sure I have every resource I need, and are making me feel like I am a part of the team. The entire Celtics family is filled with so many incredibly caring people.
This is telling. Hayward just coming out saying that the Celtics know he won’t be back. I think it’s worth talking about because if it’s being said in posts like this to try and normalize the situation, maybe it should just be assumed that Hayward is going to take the entire year to recover and not put any focus into coming back possibly around playoff time.
There’s just the other side of me that doesn’t want to read too much into this. Hayward’s agent came out and said from Jump Street that Hayward wouldn’t return this season and I wrote about that just being agent talk to try and downplay any kind of pressure to return this season. I thought it was the right move then, and I think it’s the right move now. Maybe Hayward is just trying to establish consistency to the narrative and have his based covered. You could convince me of both this paragraph and the last with a good enough argument.
With all of that said, this is a great post and Gordon Hayward is the kind of guy you love to root for and I really hope that his recovery continues to go as well as it is being reported. If he comes back this season around playoff time? AWESOME. But if not, then that’s fine too.
You just have to assume that if the Celtics continue to play this well throughout the season and command a high seed in the East when that part of the season comes… It’s going to be really hard to tell Gordon Hayward he has to stay on the sidelines if he feels he’s ready to go. That is something to keep an eye on.