If that didn't knock the wind out of your sails, it should. Instead of the PR line of "we don't expect him back", it's shifted to a more definitive position, one Celtics fans might not want to hear, but medically sound - and likely - position for Hayward's long-term health and recovery.
"Is he progressing? ...Yes. He did another AlterG workout this morning. He's up to 60 percent of his weight on the AlterG. ... It's great. And I think the videos are great too because it continues to show the progress. Because sometimes when you're in the midst of that long rehab you don't feel the progress of the day-to-day the way now we all might see a video, or somebody that hasn't seen him may see a video, and say, 'Man, he is really getting better.'...he's a super long way away from even being in a one-on-0 workout where he's cutting."
Does that mean it's a done deal, and Hayward is a scratch?Quite probably. And we should grow accustomed to that based on what we're hearing. The temptation to play armchair doctor may be there, especially to those of us with anecdotal experience with such injuries.
But the fact remains almost no one reading this has ever played high-level basketball, too, and the demands of playing at its highest level don't even come close to even your most heated, intense pickup game at the Rec. The risk of refracture or worse is very high, and even with the best assistance, the musculature - and confidence - will atrophy to some extent, even if he's put in work elsewhere in his body.