Gordon Hayward described his terrific experience of ankle injury suffered during his Boston Celtics debut through a Facebook post. He wrote, “My leg got caught underneath me … Immediately, I knew something was off, but when I landed, it wasn’t a huge amount of pain. I rolled over and saw my foot, and it was pointed in completely the wrong direction. My first thought was, ‘Oh. This isn’t good. There’s something very wrong here”.
“I remember LeBron [James] coming over. I know I talked to Kyrie [Irving] and a bunch of my team-mates and coaches. All of them were wishing me well and praying for me, I think. Everything was a blur,” he wrote. “It was when the trainers were carting me off that I was just hit with this wave of emotion. All I could think was that it’s all over. I did all this work. I moved to a new team. And now this happens.What is this going to do to me? Am I going to be able to come back? To play again? Am I done? Is my career over?”, Hayward added.
After getting injured severely, he went back to Boston by the team plane with some Tylenol, medicine to treat moderate pain. He said, “The initial diagnosis from the doctors was pretty good”. The doctors told him, . ‘If you were going to have a horrific leg injury, this would be the one to have. You would have a full recovery if the surgery went well.” Hayward went on to say that the procedure was a success.
Hayward said the fan’s support through messages on Twitter overwhelmed him. “Barack Obama sent me an email, too. That was a pretty big deal.”, he added. At the end of his post, he wrote,”I keep imagining what it’s going to be like to step onto the floor … and make my regular season debut as a Celtic. It’s going to be a little delayed. But with each day of my rehab, I’ll be that much closer to making it happen”.
“I’m already dreaming about sharing that moment with everyone here in Boston – a city that I’m still getting to know, but that I’ve connected with through all of this in ways beyond anything I could have imagined … Now, it’s all about getting back … Time to begin.”
Hayward also revealed in an interview with NBC’s Today show that image of his mom crying in the crowd made him emotional at the time of horrific injury. He said, “As a parent, you don’t want your child to go through that. As a parent myself, thinking I would rather take their pain. This is where it makes me emotional because I wouldn’t want [my daughters Bernadette and Charlotte] to go through that. I remember seeing my mom crying and that’s just tough. It’s tough to see your parents cry because it makes you emotional”.
However, after recovery, Hayward also expressed his happiness during a news conference. He said, “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”.