Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made it clear after Gordon Hayward’s gruesome injury on opening night that the small forward wouldn’t be back anytime this season. That remains true to this date, although there is some good news on the Hayward front in terms of his recovery progress from his injury.
Hayward’s wife, Robyn, caused a stir on social media when she shared a photo of her husband’s boot-less foot. However, as Ainge noted in an interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich show in Boston, Hayward is “a couple weeks away from being permanently out of the boot.” Nicole Yang of The Boston Globe has more:
“He’s progressing along,” Ainge said. “He can take the boot off for short periods of time. But he’s doing really well. His therapy is going great. He’s right on schedule. He’s doing sometimes two workouts a day and trying to get stronger. The next phases are getting out of the boot completely.”
When asked if the All-Star has expressed any desire to return to the court this year, Ainge said he hasn’t.
“You know he hasn’t expressed that,” he told the radio hosts. “Just knowing professional athletes, I know that down inside he wants to be back faster than anybody has ever been back from this kind of injury … I know what’s going on in his mind, but I don’t think he’ll say anything about how fast he wants to get back.”
In the meantime, Hayward will continue to work towards a successful recovery.
“He’s got a competitive streak to him,” Ainge said. “He’s asking lot of questions. He’s got good people around him. He’s diligent in his rehab.”