Gordon Hayward thankful Celtics coaches stayed in Boston to work with him this summer
Boston Celtics small forward Gordon Hayward is very thankful members of the coaching staff stayed in Boston this summer to work with him.
Instead of training in San Diego like he usually does every summer, Hayward stayed in Boston so he could work with the Celtics’ coaching staff:
Gordon Hayward said the most unique part of his summer training has been having so many Cs coaches around. "When the offseason comes the coaches need to get away too and get a bit of a break, but I’ve been thankful that they’ve been in the facility and really working with me."
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) August 28, 2019
Gordon Hayward appears to be a man on a mission. The swingman is looking to have a bounce-back 2019-20 season. For the Celtics to make some noise in the Eastern Conference next season, they will need Hayward to play like an All-Star again.
Last season, Hayward averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 46.6 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 83.4 percent from the free-throw line. He was coming back from that gruesome ankle injury he suffered in 2017-18 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on opening night, so Hayward wasn’t that explosive or comfortable on the court.
By all accounts, though, Hayward has had a very productive summer. The Celtics are anxious to see if Hayward can be that dynamic scorer they thought they were getting when they signed him to a lucrative deal in the summer of 2017.
This upcoming season will mark two years since Hayward suffered that ankle injury. Naturally, the Celtics forward should be more explosive and loose on the court.