Gordon Hayward is playing 5-on-5 and believes he's fully recovered from the broken ankle that derailed his Celtics debut before it started a year ago.
Hayward detailed the monotony and mental difficulty of his rehab, noting that while teammates were playing in Miami or Los Angeles past year, he was driving in frigid temperatures to lift marbles into a bucket with his toes.
"I'm just excited to be out there", Hayward said.
Hayward was five minutes into his Celtics debut last season when he went down with the season-ending fracture dislocation of his left ankle. He may have been able to return before the end of the season, but then he needed more surgery in May.
In the four 5-on-5 games he's played, Hayward said he hasn't experienced any fear as far as cutting, jumping, or other activities on the court. "It was the most hard thing I've done".
"If they're able to get into the playoffs, and they're able to make a trade and get a guy like Jimmy Butler, then all of a sudden NY becomes a much more attractive destination", Blakely said.
"It's not something I'm anxious about at all", Hayward said. The last step for me as far as from a physical standpoint is a little explosion, that little last juice bounce that you get.
Now, he said, he is ready to get back in the green for real.
With training camp set to begin in under two weeks - and the team's first preseason game scheduled for september 28 - Hayward said he's not completely 100 percent basketball-wise, though he's getting close.
"I'm trying to figure those things out". "There's certain things that I think are going to take time, even if I was 100 percent healthy".
Despite losing both Hayward and, later, point guard Kyrie Irving, the Celtics earned the No. 2 seed in the East last season and took Cleveland to seven games in the conference finals. I don't plan on watching the video. "I've been playing with some of them these last two weeks, and we have a lot of talent on this team".