The 2017-18 season started with one of the most gut-wrenching moments you will ever see on a basketball court. Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward came down awkwardly after trying to catch a lob pass and suffered a gruesome leg injury.
This is one of those moments that goes beyond rivalries. These are all humans and professionals that dedicate an incredible amount of time perfecting their craft and pursuing excellence. To see a fluke injury like this will undoubtedly leave anybody that witnessed it with an uneasy feeling for a long time.
In a show of sportsmanship, LeBron James went to presumably check on Hayward as he received treatment during a break in the action:
LeBron James just went into Cavs locker room where Gordon Hayward is receiving medical attention— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) October 18, 2017
The NBA is a brotherhood, and it’s not surprising to see LeBron reach out to Hayward in what is likely one of the toughest moments of his life. The season has started on a very dark note. One that makes it tough to focus on the game, whatever the result ends up being.