Gordon Hayward's career at the Boston Celtics got off to the worst start possible last night as he picked up a gruesome-looking injury early on in their season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Hayward went up for an inaccurate ally-oop pass with around six minutes to go in the first quarter, and collided with LeBron James on his way down, causing him to land awkwardly on his leg on the court.
The small forward then received treatment on the court before his leg was placed inside a protective sleeve and he was taken off the court on a stretcher. Further evaluation revealed he had dislocated his ankle and fractured his tibia.
It now appears as though, following this nasty injury, Hayward is likely to miss the rest of the season for the Celtics, as he will need surgery for his injury. An official timetable for return has yet to be confirmed, but it's considered a long shot for him to play again for Boston this season.
Many players, fans, and NBA analysts reacted to the injury, describing the horror of the unfortunate incident. One of those people was FOX Sports' Skip Bayless, who many believe took his analysis too far at the wrong time.
Initially, Bayless did what everybody else did and focused on the awful incident, and it looked like it would stop there. Instead, however, it continued, and he decided to comment on how this injury would affect the path to the NBA Finals in the Eastern Conference, rather than the fact we may have witnessed the end of someone's career in the NBA.
Bayless decided focused more on LeBron James' path to the NBA Finals in the waking moments of the injury, instead of focusing on an injury that could affect the future of one of the best players in the league, and naturally, this angered a lot of people.
The nasty injury ends what could have been a promising year for Hayward after signing a four-year, $128 million maximum contract with the Celtics during the summer, as he averaged 21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game last season for the Utah Jazz.
We wish the small forward a speedy recovery and hope he is back and playing on the court for Boston soon.