Could Gordon Hayward’s Statement Affect the Celtics?

Simply, no. Gordon Hayward made an appearance on Barstool Sports, “Pardon My Take,” podcast earlier this week. During his interview, he was asked whether or not he wished the team would have lost more during their success last year.

“I don’t think you’d be human if there wasn’t a part of you that was like, ‘I hope that we lose,'” Hayward said. He followed up by saying that when the team was going on their big winning streak right after he was injured, he had mixed emotions about it.

As a competitor, I can see why Hayward felt this way. His wish wasn’t for the Celtics to become a lottery team immediately after he was ruled out for the year. However, when you sign a big deal and they’re are big expectations going into a season, seeing your team succeed without you can hurt a little bit.

However, this team was also successful without Kyrie Irving during the playoffs. People wrote the team off when their star point guard was ruled out for the playoffs. Hayward mentions this also in the interview.  I feel that this is why he came to Boston because of the young talent, the coach, and the competitors the team has.

Could have Gordon Hayward lied about his answer when he was asked that question? Yes, he could have, but it was not a direct remark at the team. Hayward is just a very competitive player and wanted to be so involved in the team’s success. Now with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward fully healthy, the Celtics have nothing on their minds but Banner number 18.

Zachary Connell (@ZackConnell2)

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