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Ainge tweets about Gordon Hayward work better than Cialis nowadays, but it turns out ol’ Danny Boy was just yankin’ our collective chains.
I don’t know who the hell saw that picture and thought “HOLY SHIT HE’S COMING BACK TOMORROW!”
Personally, I saw that picture and thought
Chuck said it yesterday and I, a now card-carrying Gordon Hayward truther, an reiterating it. The photo means he’s on pace to fully recover with basketball still being played.
Does that mean he will play basketball this season? I don’t know. But that will become a discussion at some point.
And let me be clear here and reiterate a point I make often: If he’s healthy and ready to play, he should play… whenever that is.
Hayward suffered a catastrophic injury… like crashing a car. When the car is fixed, you drive it. It’s not like driving on a spare tire where you have to be careful.
When the broken bone heals, it’s healed. When the torn ligaments heal, they’re healed. When the supporting muscles are strong enough, then he can go about getting his wind back.
So if Gordon Hayward is healed, strong enough, and most importantly, mentally ready to return to the court without fear, he should return no matter if that’s March, June, or October.
Between now and then, we’ll have to deal with Slapstick Danny’s Twitter shenanigans. Just go to your doctor if your reaction lasts longer than four hours.
Page 2: The Contending Celtics are a way of life
But after a painfully slow rebuild, they now have a young, exciting roster led by superstar Irving which Grousbeck insists can be even more successful.
He said: “Back then we were one of the oldest teams in the league. Now we’re third youngest. So we’re set up for a more sustained chance at being good.
“For the next four years we’ve got seven first round picks so we feel we have the chance to continue to grow the team and improve the roster or change it around.
“With such young players and such a great coach and fans and an ownership who are willing to do what it takes, I don’t think it’s a window of opportunity, I think it’s a way of life.”
Keep these words in mind when you think it’s a good idea to just toss draft picks into trades for Tyreke Evans or Lou Williams (side note: forget about Lou Williams).
The Celtics are building a long, sustained winner. Two months of Tyreke Evans for a late first round pick might seem like something that’s OK, but it’s not the Celtics style and it doesn’t fit anything the power structure has been saying.
You have to keep in mind the Celtics financial situation, which could push them into tax territory next year if they’re not careful. The owners are willing to pay the tax, but pushing the repeater tax off for one more year just makes a lot of sense (like, tens of millions of dollars in savings kind of sense).
That late-round pick could end up becoming Terry Rozier… a guy who makes a couple of million bucks and becomes a key 7th-man kind of player. The Celtics will need A LOT of those kinds of guys because they’ll have to pay Hayward for a few more years, Kyrie Irving long-term after he opts out in July, 2019, and eventually Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum.
Young, talented, CHEAP guys to fill out the roster for a few years are much more important than Tyreke Evans for a couple of months at the end of this season.
That’s how you build the sustained greatness the Celtics are looking for. Pay the top stars big money and find guys who outperform their contracts to fill out the roster.
Woke Kyrie still doing his thing…
Kyrie is on some other shit, man
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston: The Nerf dart battle that forged Marcus Smart’s unlikely friendship | NBA All-Star ballot: The best picks for all 10 starting spots | The NBA is in London, so why no UK stars in the league? It’s complicated | The challenge of being an NBA fan in the UK
NBCS Boston: Celtics-Sixers preview: Two teams that ‘trust the progress’ | Celtics’ youth movement shows NBA not finished with one-and-dones | NBA fines Isaiah Thomas $20,000 for hitting Andrew Wiggins in the throat