By Tom Westerholm | [email protected] | Posted July 23, 2018 at 12:31 PM
Last week, for the first time in about nine months, Boston Celtics star Gordon Hayward posted a video of himself performing basketball-related activities.
The post showed him performing step-back jumpers at full speed, as well as a variety dribble moves and jumpers, presumably designed to test and stress the recovering left ankle. With all the necessary caveats about offseason workout videos, Hayward looked good — quick, athletic and (most importantly) relatively healthy.
Brad Stevens told reporters after the season to expect Hayward and Kyrie Irving back at full strength in August, but we will jump the gun here a little bit: Let’s take a look back at Hayward’s injury and recovery, as documented by social media.
We will start here, with the first look at Hayward in a Celtics uniform prior to the season. During training camp and the preseason, the Celtics looked incredible — like a real contender, instead of the team many expected to be a year or two away from actual contention.
Then came Opening Night.
What a cool edit!
This is your warning that something gruesome is coming.
Here, we will buffer it with a couple more photos if you want to scroll down.
Winslow Townson/AP Photo
Here’s a photo of happier times.
Here are some baskets the Celtics got when Irving and Hayward were both healthy!
(Okay seriously this time, scroll down if you don’t want to see Hayward’s injury.)
We won’t show the up-close-and-personal images of the injury. There’s plenty of photos and videos all over the internet, if you are looking for them.
But this, of course, was the moment the entire Celtics’ season changed.