Gordon Hayward working out with no restrictions, leg feels ‘amazing’
Gordon Hayward provided an encouraging update this week on his preparations of the 2019-20 NBA season, indicating that he has been working out this summer without any restrictions.
Hayward navigated an up-and-down 2018-19 campaign after missing the entirety of his first season with the Boston Celtics the previous year. The superstar suffered a dislocated left ankle and fractured left tibia in a grisly incident during the 2017-18 season opener.
It was believed that Hayward, while healthy, was perhaps favoring his left leg throughout a season that followed a lengthy and grueling amount of rehab.
That sounds like it’s all in the past, as Hayward relayed on Tuesday during an appearance at a charity event.
The #Celtics Gordon Hayward with a quick update on his health. pic.twitter.com/PSvB4aHlyt— A. Sherrod Blakely (@ASherrodblakely) August 20, 2019
"Back to no restrictions. That was really nice. Being able to train the way I'm used to training. Not have to worry about surgery, too. It's been really good from that standpoint."- #Celtics Gordon Hayward on his summer getting ready for the season. pic.twitter.com/4ac0VLjJpD— A. Sherrod Blakely (@ASherrodblakely) August 20, 2019
“Been here in Boston all summer,” Hayward added. “Made the decision to be in the facility and work with the staff. My leg feels amazing. The summers here in Boston are beautiful, so my family and I have had a great time. … My leg feels good, so that’s a positive.”
Hayward appeared in 72 games last season, averaging only 11.5 points on 44.6% shooting from the field and 36.4% from three-point range. It certainly made for a disappointing season for Hayward, but it sounds like he’s not only putting in the work to enjoy a bounce-back season in 2019-20, he feels pretty good while doing so as well.