For Gordon Hayward, deciding to head back home to witness the birth of his child instead of potentially playing in deep playoff games in Orlando was an easy one.
“There’s definitely a lot to think about, certainly,” Hayward said. “Also, with my wife being pregnant, there will be a time if or when we’re down there and she’s going to have the baby, I’m for sure going to be with her. We’ll have to cross that bridge when we get there. It’s something where competing for a title I guess is the number one thing here.”
“It’s a pretty easy decision for me on that,” Hayward added. “I’ve been at the birth of every one of my children. I think there are more important things in life. Like I said, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. The NBA has a protocol in place for that type of thing and hopefully I can do the quarantining and testing the right amount of time and then be back with the boys.”
“It’s going to be tough; it’s going to be hard. No doubt about it,” Hayward said. “I think leaving the girls is going to be hard and I’m sure a sad day for me. I think they’re old enough to the point now where they do understand what’s going — we’ve tried to explain to them that I’m going to be gone for a little while. It’s something where it kind of is what it is. The opportunity to compete for a championship, compete for a title is something that I think a lot of us NBA players, we want to do. We want to go down there and continue the season, try to finish something that we worked for all year.”