Gordon Hayward suffered a pretty nasty injury last night, and it was caught on camera. You could argue that Gordon Hayward was the Boston Celtics biggest free agent signing from this past summer since they traded for Kyrie Irving.
Signing a four-year max contract that will pay him a total of $128 million, Hayward was expected to come in and form a dynamic duo alongside Irving and a roster of young talent in Boston.
Unfortunately, that won't happen for a while. He suffered an absolutely gruesome injury mid-way through the first quarter of Tuesday's season-opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and we stress gruesome. TMZ posted the video on their website and we warn you, it's nasty.
As you can see, Hayward went up for an alley-oop from Irving and landed awkwardly. Hayward's foot turned so that it was at a 90-degree angle from his leg while players on both the Cavs and the Celtics were in shock and disbelief when it comes to what they had just witnessed.
After Hayward was stretchered off the court, it was obvious that his Celtic teammates were deflated after such a horrifying scene. Still, they did climb back into the game and only lost by a score of 102-99.
After the game, Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens stated that Hayward had suffered a fractured tibia and a dislocated ankle. His season is likely over, and this kind of injury could alter his career.
Still, Heyward has seen a lot of love from stars across the NBA. Cavs' star Lebron James and former Celtic and current Cav Isaiah Thomas ended up visiting Hayward in the locker room at the end of the first quarter, and Los Angeles Lakers great and future Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant posted a special message for Hayward on Instagram.
Be sad. Be mad. Be frustrated. Scream. Cry. Sulk. When you wake up you will think it was just a nightmare only to realize it’s all too real. You will be angry and wish for the day back, the game back THAT play back. But reality gives nothing back and nor should you. Time to move on and focus on doing everything in your power to prepare for surgery, ask all the questions to be sure you understand fully the procedure so that you may visualize it in your subconscious while being operated on and better the chance of it’s success. Then focus on the recovery process day by day by day. It’s a long journey but if you focus on the mini milestones along the way you will find beauty in the struggle of doing simple things that prior to this injury were taken for granted. This will also mean that when you return you will have a new perspective. You will be so appreciative of being able to stand, walk, run that you will train harder than you ever have. You see the belief within you grow with each mini milestone and you will come back a better player for it. Best of luck to you on this journey my brother #mambamentality always.
His father spoke out on Twitter as well.
Thanks to everyone for all the messages, prayers & love. We know that Gordon will be fine & God has big plans for him! #Godisgoodallthetime— Gordon Scott Hayward (@GScottHayward) October 18, 2017
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”— Gordon Scott Hayward (@GScottHayward) October 18, 2017
Philippians 4:13 NLT
Hayward's wife, Robyn, posted a message on Instagram.
I truly believe this! Thanks for all the prayers for Gordon and our family. It sucks, but this is what happens and you move on to the next step. Gordon is so tough and is the hardest worker, so I know he will come back stronger. He's wired differently. Gordons a true competitor and will take this and use it as fuel to be that much better. This is an obstacle that he's more than ready to over come. Keep praying for him though he needs some lovin! ❤️💪🏼🙏🏼
At 27 years-old, Hayward is not a top-tier player like a Lebron James or Kyrie Irving, but he's a heck of a player that can compliment a guy like James or Irving and help a team win a championship. So this is a loss the Celtics will definitely feel.
Hayward played his college ball at Butler University from 2008-2010 and was taken with the 9th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. He played with the Jazz until this past offseason, when he became a free agent and signed with the Celtics.