Brad Stevens clarifies comments about Gordon Hayward
Earlier this week, Boston Celtics All-Star forward Gordon Hayward underwent surgery to repair a fractured left tibia that is expected to keep him out for the rest of the season.
However, head coach Brad Stevens had found himself in an intriguing situation as his initial comments about Hayward’s recovery were misconstrued into giving off the notion that he expects the 27-year-old to play again this season. According to Jay King of Masslive.com, Stevens clarified what he had intended to convey with his message.
“I was just speaking generally, more focused on how to keep him engaged and active,” Stevens clarified after practice Saturday. “But there’s no timeline. And like it’s been said, we’re not anticipating having him back this year. But I got a lot of questions about that.”
At this point, it is hard to pinpoint an exact timeline on the injury given how it occurred. There are simply too many variables at play with Hayward’s leg that could lengthen the recovery process. He will first have to have a clean healing of the fracture that will lead to an extensive restrengthening of his left leg.
It is a thorough procedure that needs to exercise much patience with each step of the recovery process. If not, a setback could occur if not handled properly by Hayward or the medical staff involved.
All of this will depend on where Hayward is at physically a few months to make any determination on a timetable for at return to the court.