“I try to see it as happy that it happened in the preseason and not the regular season,” said Hayward. “Now I’m vaccinated and coming out of COVID so I think I should be good to go. You never know with this thing, with the variations and everything changing so quickly you just don’t know. I’m happy to catch it when I did and I should be good for the whole season hopefully. Hayward will indeed be active on Wednesday, but he said he won’t necessarily be limited to one minute before the season opener against Indiana. He and head coach James Borrego will play the situation by ear and just see how he feels on Wednesday as the game progresses. His conditioning is not yet back to 100 percent, but Hayward made the most of every second leading up to Wednesday’s opener. “The last few days have been very good for recovering some cardio. I think that’s something I’m going to have to work on in the first couple of weeks… I’m actually glad we had this time that we had after that last preseason game so I could have the chance to participate in a live match. action and practice because I was down for the account for a little while. The Hornets star forward obviously doesn’t take COVID lightly and understands the severity of the virus. Even as a professional athlete, his fight with the new variant was far from enjoyable.
“It wasn’t fun. I had all the panoply of the symptoms… The aches and general headaches were quite brutal, the fever, the chills. The isolation was hard too… luckily I didn’t lose my taste or smell so it was good because I feel like I haven’t lost too much weight but I should take it back here very soon.
Despite the unorthodox start to the season in the midst of his battle with COVID, Hayward remains confident his team can take their game to the next level and continue on that upward trajectory.
“We definitely want to take this thing one game at a time and certainly want to be better than we were last year. Last year we showed moments and had flashes. I think this team is very versatile. We have a lot of weapons. Lots of guys who can play games.
The Hornets indeed showed flashes last season as they were atop the Eastern Conference as a 4th seed before LaMelo Ball’s wrist injury and Gordon Hayward’s foot injury which ended the season. As Hayward said on Monday, Charlotte needs to play her best basketball at the end of the season and the most crucial thing is that all of her base players remain healthy and available. If Charlotte can do it and continue to stick to head coach James Borrego’s game plan, Hayward and the Hornets can surely make a playoff push in the Eastern Conference.ANDYou can follow us for future coverage by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter:
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