With Gordon Hayward cleared to play at the start of last season, the expectation was he’d look like the player the team signed to a max deal back in 2017. If he had a clean bill of health, that must’ve meant he was back to normal. Right?
Well, there was one person who entered 2018-19 with a lot of uncertainty about the whole situation. Hayward himself.
“Last year, I didn’t really know what to expect because I was coming off the injury,” he wrote in a blog post for his personal site on Tuesday. “Physically, I felt like I was good to go, but I hadn’t really played. So I think I was just hoping to go more than knowing that I was good to go.”
His uncertainty and apprehension wasn’t exactly a secret. For all the issues that went on with the team last season, it was very apparent when his confidence wavered.
But that’s also because everyone finally got a taste of what he could do last year. We all saw proof of what the Celtics noticed when they recruited him — and there were definitely glimpses of a high-impact player.
Now almost two years removed from his gruesome injury, Hayward has been a full-go, physically, all summer long.
When it comes to his mental game, it seems like that’s under control again, too.
“Last year, I was in my own head a lot, thinking about a lot of different things — hoping that it was going to be okay, hoping I was going to be right – because I just hadn’t done it,” Hayward wrote. “I had a chance to put in the reps. . . . All the unknowns are gone.
“I’m ready to be the player I came here to be. That’s my focus. That and raising a banner at the Garden.”
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Source: GreenStreet Blog