Agent: Celtics fans’ cheers ‘meant the world’ to Gordon Hayward
The cheers that erupted at TD Garden when a video message from Gordon Hayward played on the Jumbotron “meant the world” to the injured Boston Celtics star, says his agent.
Hayward’s message expressing gratitude for the outpouring of support he received since suffering a horrific injury during Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers was relayed to Celtics fans ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Gordon Hayward has a message for Celtics Nation. pic.twitter.com/H6RHeGgios
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 18, 2017
Hayward also received a standing ovation when his name was announced during pregame introductions.
#Celtics fans give Gordon Hayward a standing ovation at the TD Garden pic.twitter.com/9Mnb8Ip99k
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) October 18, 2017
Hayward’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, expressed just how much the support has meant to his client.
“I think it’s been just unbelievable,” Bartelstein said in a phone interview Thursday morning, as relayed by NESN. “I think it’s been overwhelming for him.
“I think the one thing that comes out from something like this is you see how much people care about you.”
Bartelstein added that not only have Celtics fans been a source of strength, the support he has received comes from far beyond Boston.
“I think it means the world to him, and I think he’s really been inspired by just the way people in Boston and around the world have reached out to him. It’s been great,” Bartelstein said. “The reaction at the arena last night meant the world to him.”
Hayward suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia in Tuesday’s season-opening loss to the Cavaliers in a gruesome scene. The prognosis following surgery is unclear, although Celtics head coach Brad Stevens did say Hayward, who underwent surgery Wednesday, is expected to make a full recovery.
A subsequent report indicated under ideal circumstances, Hayward could return sometime in April as a “best case” scenario. However, Hayward’s agent indicated to ESPN that his client is unlikely to return this season.
With that in mind, it has to mean a lot to Hayward to have everyone rallying around him. Well, except for Skip Bayless, in a manner of speaking, apparently.