CLEVELAND, Ohio – Former Butler and Brownsburg basketball standout Gordon Hayward suffered a serious lower leg injury just minutes into his Boston Celtics debut Tuesday night.
Hayward fell awkwardly on a alley-oop attempt during the first quarter of the Celtics’ season opener against in Cleveland.
Medical personnel used an immobilizer on Hayward’s injured left leg before taking him off the court on a stretcher. The Celtics tweeted out an initial diagnosis of fractured tibia and dislocated left ankle after both teams evaluated him.
Shams Charania with The Vertical indicated Wednesday night that Hayward suffered a dislocation and fracture of his left tibia. He will undergo surgery.
Members of both teams were visibly shaken after witnessing the incident. Cavaliers’ star LeBron James offered support to Hayward just before he was taken off the court at Quicken Loans Arena.
Hayward signed a max contract with Boston in the offseason, reuniting him with his college coach, Brad Stevens. Hayward spent his first seven seasons with the Utah Jazz becoming an NBA All-Star last season.
Coaches and fellow athletes took to Twitter within seconds of seeing the injury to show support for Hayward.