Celtics forward Gordon Hayward sheds walking boot
NBA.com Global on Dec 15, 2017 07:51 AM
FILE - BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 2: Gordon Hayward #20 and Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics talk before the game against the Charlotte Hornets during a preseason game on October 2, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) marked a milestone in Gordon Hayward's recovery process from his broken left ankle. He shed the walking booth he's been using since his surgery in October. He will continue to wear a protective brace. It's a promising step in is rehab, coach Brad Stevens said, but he cautioned it's just the next one in an ongoing process.
"It's another box to check. There's a big difference in getting out of the boot and playing in an NBA game," Stevens said. "He's got a long way to go. But it's good that he has these things as goals. He keeps checking them off and he's working really diligently at it. He feels good about that, so it's a good thing."
When reached by ESPN, Hayward was pleased with his progress so far in rehab program.
"The process is always fluid and can change at any time, but, for me, today was the day where I walk around without the boot at all," Hayward told ESPN. "And so, I'm going to try to move forward without the boot. Depending on how my foot reacts, how much activity I'm able to do on it without it being sore, I could move back into the boot or I could never look back and never see the boot again.
"I'm just taking it day by day; today has been awesome so far without the boot."