It hasn’t even been three months since Gordon Hayward grotesquely twisted his ankle before a nationally television audience during the opening minutes of the NBA season. On Tuesday, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge tweeted out a photo of a smiling Hayward poolside. Ainge’s tweet was also a surreptitious update on Hayward’s ankle rehabilitation.
USA swimmer @smeathers5 (no muscle) coached by Celtic great @gordonhayward (no brace) lost a devastating race to Australian swimmer @stephen_mount today. No rematch is scheduled nor will be. #swimmersneedmuscles pic.twitter.com/lxTD4UqiIB
— Danny Ainge (@danielrainge) January 9, 2018
“I think we’re approaching 12 weeks out or something like that, and that was where he was anticipated to be if the treatment would continue to go well,” Brad Stevens said on a conference call Wednesday. “He’d be moving out of the boot and then the brace and now being able to do without. I’m not sure that’s a 24-hour thing right now. I haven’t talked to anybody back in Boston since we landed, but obviously nothing’s changed with his timelines. This isn’t like a huge ordeal. This is what was expected.”
The Celtics have said they don’t expect Hayward back this season, but they also haven’t ruled him out.
“No change in our expectations or from what we thought from the time of the surgery,” added Stevens. “This is the process of the rehab and everything else after the surgery happened and after everything went well. Again, I haven’t been told anything any different, and we’ve been in pretty constant contact until I got over here [in London], so I would say that there’s really nothing more to read into. Sorry.”
There is a vast difference between walking around on a recently fractured tibia and ankle and playing 30-40 minutes of intense, full-speed regular-season or playoff basketball. However, the pace of his recovery so far will only spur more speculation from fans and orthopedic surgeons who’ve only observed his recovery from afar.
One reason for hope? At the end of December, Hayward also received blessings from The Based God, Lil B.
GORDAN HAYWARD HAS "THE BASEDGODS" BLESSINGS FOR HIS HEALTH HE WILL BE BACK SOON STRONGER AND MORE POSITIVE THEN EVER GO BOSTON! ALSO WHO IS WATCHING THE SIXERS PLAY RIGHT NOW AGINST NUGGETS? ALSO WARRIORS ARE PLAYING LIVE RIGHT NOW TO!!! GO WARRIORS AND SIXERS – Lil B
— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) December 31, 2017
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