Gordon Hayward's work ethic on his road to a full recovery has been well-documented all season long.
The current step in the process is a trip to Indianapolis, where he is working with a running specialist. As Hayward continues to make strides, his wife Robyn shared a touching Instagram post on Friday about his comeback effort.
BOSTON – Brad Stevens would love nothing more than to have Gordon Hayward back in the Boston Celtics lineup.
Knowing that’s not going to happen this season, he might as well have some fun with it, right?
When asked what phase of his rehab is Hayward in currently, Stevens quipped, “he’s in the running mechanics specialists phase.”
Earlier today, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told NBC Sports Boston’s Abby Chin that Hayward was in Indianapolis working with a running mechanics specialist which is why he was not in attendance during Boston’s 113-107 overtime Game 1 win over Milwaukee.
Stevens wasn’t done having fun with the media who consistently pepper him with questions about Hayward despite him consistently saying Hayward will not play this season.
“I don’t know the medical diagnosis of what’s next. We’re just trying to get him ready for Friday’s game and we’re hopeful he can play and, whatever,” quipped Stevens. “He’s not going to join us in Milwaukee. He’s still a long, long, long, long ways away.”
Stevens added that Hayward is working with St. Vincent Sports Performance group, with a number of familiar faces from Hayward’s time at Butler.
“He worked with some of their trainers when he was doing the pre-draft stuff,” Stevens said. “There’s a lot of familiarity there. It seems like a logical next step for him.”
Gordon Hayward will not be with the Celtics in the early going of the playoffs, Danny Ainge said Tuesday morning.
With Hayward recently beginning jogging, Ainge said the team is sending him to Indianapolis for the next phase of the rehab process to work with a leading specialist in running mechanics. Both the Celtics and Hayward have worked with the specialist before. Ainge added that he thinks Hayward is progressing nicely.
In a video posted earlier this month, Hayward was seen jogging on the court with trainer Jason Smeathers.
Although the team does not expect Hayward to return from his ankle injury until next season, the Celtics' priority is for Hayward to continue his rehab rather than be with the team.