Here are a few notable headlines regarding the Celtics over the past week.
Hayward undergoes surgery:
Celtics fans can still remember the nauseating sight of Gordon Hayward grasping his fractured left ankle on opening night back in October. Hayward’s recovery process was extensively covered by the national media, with many analysts and fans wondering when he would return to the court for the Celtics. Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens, and the rest of Celtics’ management were cautious with Hayward’s rehab process, as they chose to not rush his recovery.
Hayward made sure to keep Celtics’ fans in the loop, as he shared several videos showcasing him dribbling and shooting, which were definitely tantalizing for several fans, as they imagined the strength of a Celtics’ lineup that includes Hayward.
On Wednesday, the Celtics reported that Hayward had undergone a successful surgery to remove plates and screws from his ankle, as they were causing “irritation to his peroneal tendons”. According to the Celtics, Hayward’s ankle and fibula are now structurally sound, and he should be able to resume basketball activities in 6 to 8 weeks. This should be exciting news for Celtics’ fans, as they will soon be able to witness their team in full strength.
Kyrie spotted playing pickup basketball in New Jersey:
Kyrie Irving took some heat for missing the Celtics’ Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, as many pundits felt that his presence would have been invaluable for the Celtics’ young stars. Danny Ainge explained Irving’s absence by mentioning that he had undergone surgery to repair a deviated septum in his nasal canal (which was reportedly suffered when Aron Baynes elbowed him in the early stages of the season).
Kyrie was recently spotted playing some pickup basketball in Hoboken, New Jersey, which is an encouraging sign for Celtics fans. For the people asking why Kyrie was able to play pickup hoops if he’s injured, it is almost impossible to compare the physicality of a pickup game to an actual NBA game.
Tatum’s appearance on ESPN:
Jayson Tatum had a great appearance on ESPN’s Get Up, as he discussed various topics, such as his dunk on LeBron James, and his experience as a rookie in the NBA.
One of the highlights of this interview was Tatum’s puzzled expression when ESPN Analyst Jay Williams mentioned that he picked the Cavs to win the NBA Finals over the heavily favored Golden State Warriors.
This interview showed that Tatum’s ability to spell is probably not as good as his ability to dunk, as he struggled mightily to spell out his former coach Mike Krzyzewski’s last name.