Danny Ainge posts picture of Gordon Hayward shooting baskets from chair

Danny Ainge posts picture of Gordon Hayward shooting baskets from chair

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward won’t play during an NBA game for almost another year. But he’s still working in the gym, even as he’s confined to a wheelchair. 

At his press conference last week, Hayward mentioned how he’s taken to shooting baskets out of a chair. On Sunday night, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge shared a photo of Hayward doing exactly that.

Hayward, 27, went on his first media blitz last week since fracturing his ankle in the opening minutes of the Celtics’ season-opener. He penned a lengthy blog entry discussing the injury, expressing gratitude for all of the support he’s received. In his press conference Thursday, which followed the airing of his “Today Show” interview, Hayward said thinking about his misfortune still gets him down.

“I still have negative thoughts. It’s hard not to –– especially when you watch the games,” he told reporters. “It’s something I’m trying to work on. I think I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t have those thoughts. I think there are definitely positive things I can take from this. There’s definitely no reason to continue to sulk and wallow in self-pity, because it happened, you can’t take it back. As much as I want to rewind and go out the other way on the pin down, it’s something I have to deal with. I might as well deal with it now.”

Hayward indicated he’ll be around the Celtics with greater frequency as the season progresses. Keep looking out for him on the bench, and during pregame warmups. Perhaps his chair shot routine will make it onto the TD Garden’s parquet floor one day soon. 



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