The Boston Celtics had a rough start to their season when then newly-acquired forward Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome lower-body injury right in the very first game of the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The road back to full recovery has not been an easy path for Hayward. Apart from having to overcome several physical hurdles, Hayward has to also battle through the mental challenges his injury has caused.

In an interview with Lisa Pierpont of Boston Common, Hayward revealed visiting ill people in hospitals has helped him put things in perspective.

“This injury, I mean, I have never been through anything like this in my life. You go from excelling at a really advanced level to concentrating all [your] efforts just to do a calf raise. An experience like this changes you. My wife and I took some hospital visits. I was really down and having dark thoughts, but we visited kids who were really going through terrible illnesses. It put things in perspective. I know I can and will be an inspiration for people. Twenty-eighteen will be my year. I will be back on the court.”

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By knowing other people are having it worse than him, Gordon Hayward is managing the arduous work he needs to get back into 100 percent form a whole lot better.

In a recent update, Hayward showed a video of himself being able to jog unassisted on the court and also revealed that he can now do single calf raises.

The Celtics have yet to release a concrete date for the return of Gordon Hayward, but he is definitely making progress.