On – 10 Jan, 2018 By DJ Dunson
It hasn’t even been three months since Gordon Hayward grotesquely twisted his ankle before a nationally television audience during the opening minutes of the NBA season. On Tuesday, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge tweeted out a photo of a smiling Hayward poolside. Ainge’s tweet was also a surreptitious update on Hayward’s ankle is being rehabilitated.
USA swimmer @smeathers5 (no muscle) coached by Celtic great @gordonhayward (no brace) lost a devastating race to Australian swimmer @stephen_mount today. No rematch is scheduled nor will be. #swimmersneedmuscles pic.twitter.com/lxTD4UqiIB
— Danny Ainge (@danielrainge) January 9, 2018
The 27-year-old Celtics forward had his boot removed last month, but at the time there was a possibility that he have may get the boot put back on depending on how his foot reacted, but apparently there were no setbacks even though his ankle may never look normal without socks on. The Celtics have said that they don’t expect Hayward back this season, however, it also hasn’t been ruled out.
There is a vast difference between walking around on a recently fractured tibia and ankle and playing 30-40 minutes of intense, full-speed regular season or playoff basketball. However, the pace of his recovery so far will only spur more speculation from fans and orthopedic surgeons who’ve only observed his recovery from afar.
One reason for hope? At the end of December, Hayward also received blessings from The Based God, Lil B.
GORDAN HAYWARD HAS "THE BASEDGODS" BLESSINGS FOR HIS HEALTH HE WILL BE BACK SOON STRONGER AND MORE POSITIVE THEN EVER GO BOSTON! ALSO WHO IS WATCHING THE SIXERS PLAY RIGHT NOW AGINST NUGGETS? ALSO WARRIORS ARE PLAYING LIVE RIGHT NOW TO!!! GO WARRIORS AND SIXERS – Lil B
— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) December 31, 2017