Gordon Hayward is "basically" 100 percent

Jose Verdugo
Setiembre 14, 2018

The Celtics were in sunny Los Angeles, it was another sub-zero winter day back in Boston, and Gordon Hayward was stuck in rehab, shooting baskets from a chair and picking up marbles with his toes to work his surgically repaired ankle back into shape.

So he'll have to get some preseason games in and get used to the soreness, but it's good to have him ready.

"Yeah, 100 percent I expect to be out there [on opening night]".

"I'm just excited to be out there", Hayward told reporters at the Auerbach Center Thursday afternoon.

"The last step for me, as far as from a physical standpoint, is the little explosion, that little last juice, bounce that you get".

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Gordon Hayward is playing 5-on-5 and believes he's fully recovered from the broken ankle that derailed his Celtics debut before it started past year. "That's going to take maybe the longest time, but like I said, for the most part, I feel very good". I don't plan on watching the video.

A week ago, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he is counting on having a fully healthy roster once the Celtics open training camp on September 24.

The point-guard last played an National Basketball Association game back in March before becoming sidelined with a left-knee problem.

Irving, now 26 years of age, will team up with two of HBS's MBA student mentors who will "develop their business acumen and empower them to make better business decisions". However, as far as his body and overall health are concerned, the Boston Celtics forward is all the way back. "It's been so much fun to be able to play again and play with my teammates. These past two weeks and the next month or so will be good to get back into the game, feel the rhythm, the timing, different things like that". The Celtics had a 2-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals, but squandered it and lost the series in seven games. That means that Irving rumors have been swirling for some time and, even if the Celtics play fantastic basketball this season, the whispers won't fully die until he puts pen to paper on a new contract, either in Boston or elsewhere.

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