The first night of the NBA season will be remembered for more than just a basketball game.
During the season-opener against arguably the two top teams in the Eastern Conference between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics Tuesday night, Gordon Hayward stole the show for all the wrong reasons after he went down with a gruesome leg injury during the first quarter.
After going up for an all-oop pass, Hayward collided with LeBron James and fell hard underneath the basket. While doing so, the All-Star players leg bent awkwardly and had to be carried out with a stretcher.
— Fan Insider (@FanInsider_) October 18, 2017
Teammates, opposing players, coaches and fans stood in shock after watching it happen. Cavs guard Dwyane Wade stopped and knelt with his hand on his head, Kyrie Irving couldn’t watch either as team doctors worked on Hayward.
NFL, NBA and other sports stars tweeted out their support for Hayward, with several of them who have recently gone down with season-ending injuries.
@gordonhayward prayin for u my brother.
— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) October 18, 2017
Can't even put into words.
Feeling for you man.
Absolutely gut wrenching.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 18, 2017
God bless you bro @gordonhayward ! 🙏🏾 help him thru this god!
— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) October 18, 2017
🙏🏽🙏🏽 For @gordonhayward. Come back stronger!
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) October 18, 2017
Gordon and Robyn, our thoughts are with you and your family. All of Jazz Nation sending best wishes for a speedy recovery. pic.twitter.com/UzYyWX5iaV
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) October 18, 2017
— Hunter (@hunterownbey98) October 18, 2017
Be sad. Be mad. Be frustrated. Scream. Cry. Sulk. When you wake up you will think it was just a nightmare only to realize it’s all too real. You will be angry and wish for the day back, the game back THAT play back. But reality gives nothing back and nor should you. Time to move on and focus on doing everything in your power to prepare for surgery, ask all the questions to be sure you understand fully the procedure so that you may visualize it in your subconscious while being operated on and better the chance of it’s success. Then focus on the recovery process day by day by day. It’s a long journey but if you focus on the mini milestones along the way you will find beauty in the struggle of doing simple things that prior to this injury were taken for granted. This will also mean that when you return you will have a new perspective. You will be so appreciative of being able to stand, walk, run that you will train harder than you ever have. You see the belief within you grow with each mini milestone and you will come back a better player for it. Best of luck to you on this journey my brother #mambamentality always.
Bench reax pic.twitter.com/QQ2l9N1eD0
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) October 18, 2017
🙏🙏🙏🙏 LeBron James sends his thoughts & prayers to Gordon Hayward pic.twitter.com/X2QMDe6zZN
— Fanatics View (@thefanaticsview) October 18, 2017
— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) October 18, 2017
"You hurt for him," Brad Stevens says of Gordon Hayward. "I really feel for him."
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 18, 2017
Praying for my guy @gordonhayward!!! NEVER want to see any of the guys go through anything like that.
— DeAndre Jordan (@DeAndre) October 18, 2017
Hate to see @gordonhayward go down like that. I know he will be back stronger and wish him the best recovery possible.
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) October 18, 2017
These reactions to Gordon Hayward's injury tell you everything you need to know. pic.twitter.com/F3YzpUy03B
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) October 18, 2017
Come back stronger, G. ☘️ pic.twitter.com/uyClVv8uxk
— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) October 18, 2017
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) October 18, 2017