Dozens of NBA players tweeted out their support for Gordon Hayward after the new Celtic suffered a fractured left ankle.
No player likes to see any other player suffer an injury, particularly not one as gruesome as the one Gordon Hayward suffered in the first quarter of the Celtics' season-opener against the Cavs.
With just under seven minutes left in the first quarter of his first game as a Celtic, Gordon Hayward came down awkwardly on his left leg after trying to catch an alley-oop from Kyrie Irving. Hayward's left leg bent unnaturally behind him and appeared to be severely disfigured. After Cavaliers fans reacted to the image of Hayward's leg in front of them, play was stopped for multiple minutes before Hayward was carried off the court.
The Celtics announced that Hayward suffered a fractured left ankle.
Dozens of NBA players tweeted their support and words of encouragement for Hayward.
Omg— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) October 18, 2017
Man, nothing but prayers to Gordon Hayward!— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) October 18, 2017
You’re a clown for that tweet after a man gets hurt with a potential career ending injury! Shit bigger then basketball!— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) October 18, 2017
I don't care what team you're on man times like this we come together that's unbelievable— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) October 18, 2017
Hate to see this happen to anyone! Prayers to Gordon Hayward 🙏🏾🙏🏾— Mike Conley (@mconley11) October 18, 2017
Prayers going out to Gordon Hayward!!!— Anthony Davis (@AntDavis23) October 18, 2017
Prayers up for Gordon Hayward !!! 🙏🏽— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) October 18, 2017
🙏🏾 Hayward 🙏🏾— Frank Ntilikina (@FrankLikina) October 18, 2017
Moments like these are a reminder that, above all, the NBA is a family, and players' health comes far before any competitive dynamic.