By Shanna McCarriston:
Good news Celtics fans! It was recently announced that Hayward will join the C’s at some point this season, maybe not in the way everyone hopes, however. Hayward is still very much recovering and has a long way to go before he is playing in a game but the announcement has been made he will be traveling with the team when his recovery is further along and his doctors clear him to travel. While he may not be able to be competitive on the court he is staying engaged with the team by mentoring young players and communicating with the team.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens shared that Hayward is keeping his basketball mind sharp by going over film and shooting baskets from a chair. This week Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge posted a photo of Hayward in a chair shooting hoops to let fans know that he doing everything in his power to get back on the court.
— Danny Ainge (@danielrainge) November 6, 2017
Number 20’s injury was brutal to watch and still sends chills down the spine of Celtics and NBA fans everywhere. Hayward suffered, visually, one of the worst looking injuries, one bad enough to make everyone on the bench catch their breath while shielding their eyes.
After the injury, Celtics fans showed their love and support for Hayward signing a get well soon sign at the TD Garden and sending him lots of positive tweets and fan mail. Since suffering from the injury that many will not soon forget, the small forward has been working non-stop on his recovery. He shared a video thanking everyone who wished him well and pledged that he would do whatever he could to recover, and he is clearly sticking to his promise.