Gordon Hayward’s first season as part of the Boston Celtics did not even last an entire game because of a gruesome injury he suffered right out of the gate of the 2017-18 campaign, sustaining a broken leg against the Cleveland Cavaliers back in October.
While the Celtics have ruled out the possibility of Hayward making a return this season, the 28-year-old forward is showing excellent signs of progress towards a full recovery, while also keeping his fans in the loop through his own website.
I’m happy to report I’ve made some solid progress in my recovery the last couple months.
The most encouraging thing for me right now is that I’m accomplishing things that I wasn’t able to do before. This process is tedious. But you set these little goals that you have to accomplish, and you just slowly check them off. We’ve chronicled a lot of that in videos with the Players Tribune, just documenting the progress. It’s cool to look back and see how far I’ve come.
Hayward also revealed there the latest update on the great strides he is making on his way to a return to the hard court, saying that the biggest step he has taken so far is being able to do single leg calf raises.
The biggest gain I’ve made is in being able to do single leg calf raises with both legs.
It took me a while just to be able to do a single calf raise, by myself, with the left. It was a huge hurdle to clear. But once I did, we wanted to judge the strength compared to the right leg.
Perhaps there is no more reassuring sign that Gordon Hayward is going to be 100 percent healthy again than the sight of him jogging up and down the court without being assisted.
Despite not having Hayward, the Celtics managed to stay in the top half of the Eastern Conference standings for most the season. They even have a shot at netting a No. 1 seed. Having accomplished so much minus Hayward, the Celtics are just going to be a lot more terrifying to face once they got the forward back at some point next season.