Former NBA All-Star To Miss Significant Time With Injury. Are His Best Days Behind Him?

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Small forward Gordon Hayward of the Charlotte Hornets will be out indefinitely after fracturing his left shoulder.

According to ESPN Senior NBA Insider, Adrian Wojnarowski, Hayward will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis prior to his return to the court.

Hayward was listed inactive on the Hornets’ injury report with a shoulder contusion for the team’s matchup against the against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, though his injury was much more serious than a simple bruise.

This upset Hayward’s wife, Robyn, who took to Instagram to express her frustrations with how the team reported on her husband’s injury.

“I’m over them not protecting players,” Robyn stated in her Instagram story. In another post she claimed, “if he’s not gonna play it’s for something more than a bruise.”

She also stated that Gordon’s shoulder was in fact fractured and how another mom of one of Hornets players was unhappy with something similar.

Her anger is justified considering how the team incorrectly published his injury but either way, injuries are beginning to tell the tale of her husband’s career.

Hayward has been a much less impactful player than he used to be since he broke his ankle on opening night in 2017, in his first regular season game as a member of the Boston Celtics. It feels like he’s been plagued with injuries left and right ever since then. (RELATED: ‘He Was My Best Friend’: Charles Barkley Reveals Why He Hasn’t Talked To Michael Jordan In 10 Years)

The former All-Star has yet to play in more than 50 regular season games as a member of the Hornets since signing a massive four-year $120 million contract with the Hornets in November 2020.

It’s hard to imagine Hayward ever returning to the great player he once was back as a member of the Utah Jazz from 2010-2019. Unfortunately, injuries have totally derailed Hayward’s once promising NBA career.