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Boston Celtics Star Gordon Hayward is ready to bounce back after suffering a gruesome injury on the opening night of the NBA season.

This week, the 6-foot-8 forward began rehabilitation exercises at the Celtics practice facility. One of those exercises includes the Celtic sitting in a chair attempting to shoot baskets from half-court.

On Oct. 17th, five minutes into the Celtics season opener against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers the unthinkable happened.

Hayward was going up for an alley-oop against James and landed on his leg awkwardly. Once, Hayward came down it seemed like fans along with NBA players were in shock. Players from both teams were even praying together on the court.

On that play, the former Butler Bulldog dislocated his ankle and broke his tibia.

The Celtics forward received surgery in Boston on Oct. 18th, and shortly after the franchise announced that he would be out for the rest of the season.

Hayward held a press conference last week at the Celtics practice facility.

During that press conference, reported the former Bulldog noted: “I was obviously just devastated. I felt like I had put in so much work to get ready for this season. Made a pretty tough decision to come here to Boston to play, one that I still definitely don’t regret by any means. But I wanted it to go differently for my first game as a Celtic.”

Hayward To The Celtics

Before signing with the Celtics, the Indianapolis native played seven seasons with the Utah Jazz. The 2017 NBA All-Star averaged 21.9 points per game. He was also the focal point of the Utah Jazz, prior to leaving in free agency.

The 27-year-old became a free agent during the Summer of 2017 and decided he wanted to win a championship. The passion to win led Hayward to Boston.
On July 14th, 2017 Hayward signed a 4-year $128 million dollar contract with the Boston Celtics.

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Little did Hayward know but he would ultimately be lacing his shoes alongside another NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving.

What Will The Future Hold?

Although the former Horizon player of the year  is out for the rest of the season he told Newsweek: “It’s going to be really important for me and my mental health to stay involved and still be a part of the team as much as I can.”

Once doctors say it is okay Hayward expects to rejoin and travel with his team. Even Though Hayward will not be playing on the court he looks to still add something to the team.

Hayward told, “Whether it’s breaking down film or just providing leadership and guidance, I can’t wait to give back.”

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