Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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Gordon Hayward Is ‘Basically 100 Percent,’ Reveals ‘Last Step’ Of Rehab

Gordon Hayward Is ‘Basically 100 Percent,’ Reveals ‘Last Step’ Of Rehab

"I would say I'm basically 100 percent", Hayward said at the Celtics' new training facility Thursday, according to ESPN's Chris Forsberg. "I think you find the fight within yourself".

It was during the opening moments of the 2017-18 season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers when Hayward fractured his tibia and dislocated his ankle after landing awkwardly off a botched alley-oop attempt.

Hayward has been able to play full court basketball and five-on-five with minimal restrictions.

"There's so many days where I wake up and it's like, 'Man, here we go again, '" he said.

Hayward said his recovery and rehabilitation was "the most hard thing" he's had to do.

Hayward met with the media in Boston today at the Auerbach Center at New Balance World Headquarters to discuss how he's faring in his injury rehab work.

"The last step for me, as far as from a physical standpoint, is just the little explosion, that little last juice [and] bounce that you get", he said.

Now, he said, he is ready to get back in the green for real.

"Very anxious", Hayward said. I'm not 100 percent as far as basketball-wise, just because I haven't played in a year.

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".

The NBA All-Star averaged a career-best 21.9 points per game during his final season with the Jazz before signing with the Celtics last offseason.

Hayward said he gained a lot of confidence from watching the team compete last season, so he's eager to finally join them on the floor.

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