A month and a half separates Gordon Hayward from his second season as a member of the Charlotte Hornets roster. This Wednesday, the forward used his personal blog to share aspects of the off-season and their impressions for the new 2021-22 academic year.
“I’ve spent the entire offseason here at Charlotte,” the player noted. “That has been very important to prepare me for the next season. It’s good when you can have consistency and have everything on the premises. I’ve had summers like this before and they have always resulted in a good start to the season. ”
Injuries ruined a very hopeful season in Charlotte. Despite hovering in the noble zone of the Eastern Conference for much of the course, the Hornets had to conform finally with tenth place and an elimination in the first game of the play-in against the Indiana Pacers.
In fact, the team was in fourth place with a 25-23 record before Hayward himself sprained his right foot that would force him to miss the rest of the season. “I’m very motivated by the way last season ended,” Hayward said. “It was a strange year condensing so many games into a smaller timeframe and that turned out to be really exhausting for all the players.”
Still, James Borrego’s pupils have reason to be optimistic. The forward added that, despite the final disappointment, the course served as a good learning process to build the philosophy necessary to compete annually for the playoffs. “As a young team, it helped us realize what it takes to make the playoffs and be a playoff team. See those things in which we cannot waver and in which we must improve. “
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