Gordon Hayward suffered a horrible dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia in the Celtic’s season opener and will be (probably) out for the season. It was seriously nasty, like Kevin Ware gross. It was one of those injuries that you always remember seeing happen as a sports fan. I was actually taking a midterm in class and when I was done, I had about 15 text message and Twitter notifications from friends and family sending me re-cap videos with explanations of “Ew…look at this!!!”
Celtics fans (and NBA fans alike) winced at the gruesome slow-mo videos of 6’8” Hayward slowly plummeting to the ground, but were even quicker to start supporting him in his recovery. Twitter and Instagram were flooded with “Get better soon!” messages to the Celtics forward and fans even organized huge “get well soon!” cards.
The NBA quickly realized the severity of the Celtic’s loss. They answered the Celtic’s request by granting an $8.4 million disabled player exception (possibly even $8.5 million) for Gordon Hayward. Basically, this allows a team (the Celtics) to replace a player (Gordon Hayward) by signing someone else for the remainder of the season.
The red-flag/glimpse-of-hope that I am noting here is that the Celtics can still welcome Hayward back this season if he is able to nurse himself back to health. Basically, if Hayward were to have a miraculously fast recovery, he would be able to come back to the Celtics. Technically speaking, this would create some roster issues. However, in a quick, short, probably biased poll done via text message to some of my sports-affiliated friends and family (shout/out to my pals) as well as glancing through Twitter, it can be noted that the general attitude of Celtics fans is hopeful in thinking that Hayward will bounce back very soon, or at least for playoffs. How can we not be so hopeful when we are bombarded via social media (thanks to Robyn, Gordon Hayward’s wife) with videos of his adorable two daughters decorating his cast with stickers?!
Nina is a 20 year old college student from Massachusetts. She loved playing and analyzing sports her whole life and is an avid fantasy football and basketball player. Nina is also the captain of the Lesley University Lynx Cheer team. Her favorite teams are the Patriots and Celtics and wherever Aaron Rodgers and Kelly Olynk are playing!