It has been a week since Boston Celtics All-Star forward Gordon Hayward suffered a devastating broken leg just a few minutes in the season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Despite that, it has not taken long for Hayward to get his mind back on playing basketball again to which head coach Brad Stevens stated that he believes that the 27-year-old may have already begun shooting.
Brad Stevens said the first thing Gordon Hayward asked for after his surgery was a basketball. "He might've started chair-shooting already."
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 23, 2017
Hayward is a long way away from returning to the court, but the fact that he’s already taken these measures is an encouraging sign. There is no question that he has more than enough motivation to get through the rehab from his surgically repaired left leg.
The Celtics had indicated a few days ago that Hayward would miss the rest of this season. He was expected to immediately step in as one of the primary pieces of the puzzle alongside All-Star guard Kyrie Irving and former All-Star big man Al Horford after inking a four-year, $128 million deal over this past summer.
In his absence, second-year forward Jaylen Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum have stepped up into more prominent roles for coach Brad Stevens. Brown is averaging 17.3 points while Tatum is averaging a near double-double with 12.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.