Celtics ahead Gordon Hayward booed in return to Utah | NBA


Gordon Hayward didn’t obtain a heat reception from Jazz followers Friday.

The 28-year-old ahead returned to Utah for the primary time since he signed a four-year, $128 million contract with the Celtics in July 2017. He was booed loudly throughout pre-game introductions.

Hayward was additionally booed each time he touched the ball throughout warmups earlier than the sport.

One Utah fan was even seen carrying an outdated Hayward jersey which learn “Coward” on the nameplate. 

Throughout the recreation, followers began chanting “we do not miss you” when Hayward was taking pictures a free throw within the third quarter. 

The Jazz held on for a 123-115 win over Boston. Hayward scored 13 factors and dished out seven assists in 26 minutes on the ground.

When requested what he was anticipating in his return, Hayward admitted he wasn’t certain if he was excited or dreading it. 

“One thing in between,” Hayward informed reporters after the sport, by way of ESPN. “Greater than something, I used to be trying ahead to seeing [people]. I spent seven years right here, so I constructed some nice relationships and was trying ahead to seeing a few of these individuals … possibly dreading just a little bit about simply the hoopla of the entire thing.

“We’re targeted on our personal factor, and I do know the Jazz are targeted on their factor, too.”

Hayward was initially chosen by the Jazz out of Butler with the ninth choose within the 2010 draft. He spent his first seven seasons in Utah, averaging 15.7 factors per recreation, earlier than he signed with Boston.

Hayward broke his ankle in Boston’s first recreation final season and missed the remainder of the yr. He was out with the damage when the Celtics visited Utah in 2017-18.

Hayward performed for present Celtics coach Brad Stevens when the 2 had been at Butler from 2008-10.

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