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Ainge: Hayward close to shedding walking boot as rehab begins

From ESPN - December 7, 2017

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Thursday that Gordon Hayward soon will shed his walking boot as he navigates the early stages of rehab from a fractured left ankle suffered in Bostons season opener in Cleveland.

Haywards wife, Robyn, posted a video of a bootless Hayward on Instagram on Wednesday, sparking chatter about Haywards progress. During his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio 98.5 the Sports Hub, Ainge said Hayward is right on schedule, though neither Hayward nor the Celtics have offered a timetable for his return to basketball activities and both have said he doesnt expect to play again this season.

Hes progressing along. He can take the boot off for short periods of time, Ainge told the Toucher and Rich" program. But he's doing really well. His therapy is going great. He's right on schedule. Hes doing sometimes two workouts a day and trying to get stronger. The next phases are getting out of the boot completely, but I still think that hes a couple weeks away from being permanently out of the boot.

Ainge was pressed on whether Hayward had expressed a desire to get back on the court this season.

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