Gordon Hayward opens up on coronavirus hiatus, challenges that have come with uncertainty


There might not be any basketball, but that doesn't mean there isn't interest in the Celtics.

To keep the Celtics-centric conversation going through this coronavirus-induced hiatus Gordon Hayward answered a variety of questions from the media via a Friday morning conference call:

- "We haven't done too much different. We have just done more of everything." Hayward noted trying to spend more time with his family, including trying to teach his daughters how to ride their bikes.

- Hayward noted how uneasy everyone was following the league shutdown and the Rudy Goebert coronavirus diagnosis. "Everybody was a little bit scared at that time ... With my wife being pregnant we were definitely worried about the whole thing." Talked about it being a relief he and his family tested negative for COVID-19.

- One positive from hiatus is to able to heal up from injuries. Only negative, he pointed out, was not being able to get treatment.

- Hayward has been running and using his Peloton bike, along with working with weights the team supplied. The mental and emotional part is something we will have to work through when we get back. ... Especially if we get back and it's right into the playoffs."

- Ronald Nored the point guard from Butler -- and an assistant with the Hornets -- had a Zoom call during the replay of Hayward's National Championship experience with the Bulldogs. He also noted that it marked the first time his wife had seen the game against Duke.

- Hayward said his wife was getting a little upset with how "scraggly" his beard was getting, leading to him shaving it off.

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- "I think playing with no fans would be pretty wild. It would be almost like a scrimmage in training camp." He surmised players would have to bring their own energy.

- Guessing would need 2-3 weeks of training before could playing in games. Not rushing back would be a priority. "It's something that would have to be taken into consideration."