Is it true that Gordon Hayward will miss 2017-2018 season?

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, who sustained a horrific injury in the NBA season opener, sent a video message from his hospital bed before heading into surgery on Wednesday night, telling Boston fans:

“It’s hurting me that I can’t be there.”

The crowd at the TD Garden for the Celtics’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks cheered when Marcus Smart directed fans’ attention to the scoreboard, where Hayward appeared wearing a hospital gown and sitting up in bed. The arena hushed to hear the brief message, then erupted in another cheer when it was over.

“What’s up, everybody? Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s had me in their thoughts and prayers,” Hayward said in the 30-second message, which was also sent out by the team on Twitter.
“I’m going to be all right,” Hayward said. “It’s hurting me that I can’t be there for the home opener. I want nothing more than to be with my team-mates and walk out on that floor tonight. But I’ll be supporting you guys from here, and wishing you the best of luck.”

Hayward’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski he anticipates that his client will miss the rest of the season. “We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form,” Bartelstein said. Read more at The Guardian.

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