Celtics' Hayward: 'My goal is to help us get that banner'

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Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward waves as he steps off the basketball court after speaking with members of the media and taking part in a photo shoot, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at the team's practice facility, in Boston.

Gordon Hayward's long road to recovery technically hasn't ended yet.

Hayward had hoped to return from his ankle injury before the end of last season but suffered a further setback when he was told he needed more surgery back in May.

With training camp set to begin in under two weeks - and the team's first preseason game scheduled for September 28 - Hayward said he's not completely 100 percent basketball-wise, though he's getting close. "I would say I'm basically 100 percent".

Celtics team-mate Kyrie Irving also looks close to full-fitness as he too bids to be ready for his side's pre-season opener in two weeks time.

The Knicks have not been good recently, but simply because of the team's prestige and the fact that they play in New York City in the World's Most Famous Arena - Madison Square Garden - they're always going to be a factor when big-name free agents become available. I don't plan on watching the video. "I feel like if I had the same amount of time that I was afforded [for basketball] to learn about business and investments, I think I'd probably be in a pretty different place".

The point-guard last played an National Basketball Association game back in March before becoming sidelined with a left-knee problem. "I've been playing with some of them these last two weeks, and we have a lot of talent on this team". However, as far as his body and overall health are concerned, the Boston Celtics forward is all the way back.

"It's so much fun being able to play again, and play with my teammates", Hayward said Thursday.

Hayward played seven seasons in Utah before signing a four-year, $128 million contract with Boston in July 2017.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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