Gordon Hayward says he still has negative thoughts about injury: 'I wouldn't be human if I didn't'

Gordon Hayward says he still has negative thoughts about injury: 'I wouldn't be human if I didn't'

On Wednesday, Celtics forward Gordon Hayward published a lengthy blog entry detailing the early stages of his recovery from the gruesome ankle injury he suffered opening night. Hayward chronicled the first thoughts that entered his head when he hit the floor, writing he felt a “sense of panic” come over him. It’s been an uphill battle for Hayward ever since, but he’s been aided by an outpouring of support from teammates and admirers –– including a text message from President Barack Obama. 

Hayward expounded on his thoughts Thursday in a press conference at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham. He said he penned the blog entry because it was “therapeutic,” and helped him better sift through his emotions. Even though Hayward’s surgery was successful, he says he still struggles with his newfound reality. 

“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.”

While the recovery will be long and trying –– Hayward reiterated he doesn’t expect to return this season –– the backing he’s received from the Celtics organization has made the process easier to bear. His college coach, Brad Stevens, refused to let Hayward onto the team plane without assistance the night he fractured his ankle. 

“There was probably like 20 people there, but Brad wanted to make sure he was one of the ones that helped carry me up the stairs,” Hayward said. “That’s just the type of person he is. You guys have been around him enough to know. Went out to eat with him this morning. He’s one of the big reasons why I came here and I’ve said that. As good as a basketball coach he is, he’s a good human being and a great person. He wants to include me still and wants to make sure that I’m still part of this team and I’m still helping the team, so he’s going to have different things for me to do and different ways that I can help.”

Right now, Hayward doesn’t quite know what his role will be. He’s working out to his full ability, taking lots of shots from his wheelchair in order to keep up his form. The doctors guarantee he’ll make a full recovery, which has lifted his spirits as well. 

In a “Today Show” interview with Matt Lauer that aired Wednesday morning, Hayward talked about how his wife and children have helped galvanize him as well. 

“They don’t know what’s going on,” he said. “They just know that Daddy has a boo-boo. And so they like to decorate it with stickers, they like to give it a hug and kiss because that’s what we do when they get boo-boos. It’s a little comic relief with them for sure.”

Hayward may not play another minute for the Celtics this season. But he’ll be a big part of their story all year long. 



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