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    Gordon Hayward Meets With the Media

    Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward meets the media to discuss his comeback from a season-ending broken leg suffered in the first game of the 2017-18 season.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018)

    Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward said Thursday he has been playing full-court basketball for the past two weeks and feels 100 percent healthy as he continues his return from a gruesome leg injury suffered in last year's season opener.

    Hayward told reporters at the Celtics' practice facility in Boston that while he has no restictions, there are "certain things that are going to take time.  

    "The last step for me, as far as a physical standpoint, is the little explosion and that little, juiced bounce that you get, and that's going to take me the longest time," he said. 

    Hayward said he has not watched video of the leg injury that caused him to miss last season. He added that he has not experienced fear while ramping up basketball activities. 

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    "I haven't had any fear as far as cutting or jumping," Hayward said. "It's just working my way back into a groove, finding the certain rhythms and timings of the game."

    The Celtics forward said sitting and watching the games while nursing his injury was difficult and there were some dark days wondering about his future, but he was encouraged by the support of his teammates.

    "I'm a big doughnut guy," Hayward recounted. "(Aron Baynes) brought Krispy Kremes back from a road trip and drove them over to the house. Just simple things like that."

    YouTube Mom Accused of Abusing Foster Kids for Clicks

    [NATL] YouTube Mom Accused of Abusing Foster Kids for Clicks

    Machelle Hackney of Maricopa, Arizona, is accused of forcing her adopted children to participate in her YouTube channel and abusing them if they did not recall their lines or perform as directed. Hackney's channel had accrued hundreds of millions of views since she joined in 2012.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    Boston advanced to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals without Hayward and star point guard Kyrie Irving before ultimately losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    In May, Hayward had surgery to remove a plate and screws in his broken left leg. At the time, the team said his leg and ankle were sound, but the plate and screws implanted to help the injury heal were irritating his tendons.

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