Cris Carter on Gordon Hayward’s injury: ‘It’s beyond the competition’

Cris Carter and Nick Wright discuss Gordon Hayward's horrific injury and how despite being competitors on the court or on the field, professional athletes understand the severity of this sort of trauma and tend to galvanize around one another in order to move forward from such a devastating injury.

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- We realize, Gordon Hayward, he's married. Imagine what his wife was feeling last night. What about his mom and dad? If his kids are old enough to see that. Like, these are all the things that-- it's no Boston and Cleveland. It's about being an athlete, and you're able to do this. God has given you ability to do it at a high level. And it's only going to be for a short period of time. And it's beyond the competition. We don't want to see someone hurt like this. Not only missed the game. Going miss the season.

- But CC--

- But this kid alter his career.

- How do you-- oh. Agreed. I'm not discounting that. I feel terribly for Gordon. And I feel, as a die hard basketball fan, I feel awful for Celtics fans. I know Hayward is the person we should focus on. But this is such a bummer. They were so excited about this season. The best team, theoretically, they've had in a very long time. Legitimate aspirations to make the finals. And it goes away after five minutes.

- Except for the fact that somehow this team, and just getting back your point, was able to rally and keep it pretty close to give them a little bit of hope that it's still salvageable.

- They know deep down that you can't lose one of your two best players when you are already going to be an underdog in the East, and then win they East. They can still have a salvageable season. But the-- but so-- I don't want to discount that stuff. But I want to ask you a question before we talk about something else. How do they compartmentalize it, though? I mean, because you're right. Everything you said. That these guys know it could be them.

- Yes.

- They're thinking about the families. These guys very often know each other's families. Once he was stretchered off, within 90 seconds, guys are back hitting jump shots. Like-- if--

CRIS CARTER: Right. And it's a lot harder, Nick, for basketball players. Because this is not an injury that we're typically going to see on the basketball court. This is an explosive injury. And typically, we're going to see it in the NFL. And the NFL players, being through college, most of them come through major college programs.

We've seen more injuries like that. LeBron recalled the four-- three or four times that he's seen it happen. And it was amazing to me how he recalled every instance, where he was, what he was doing. The Paul George thing, he was with USA basketball. So he was there. The time he recalled watching things like that on TV.

NICK: Sean Livingston [INAUDIBLE].

- Yes. I've probably seen this happen maybe 15 to 20 times. Because of being at Ohio State and being in the NFL. Like I've seen this happen more. How do we do it? I don't know.

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