(UPDATE: Hayward is taking his talents and hair products to Boston)
Heard any good trade rumors about Gordon Hayward lately? All signs are pointing to the 6’8″, 226-pound All-Star ending up in Boston. If he does end up reuniting with Brad Stevens, he will probably have the first season of his career where he doesn’t increase his scoring average — he went from 5.4 as a rookie to 11.8 in his second season to 21.9 last season — but he, his skills and perfect hair — which has equally improved over his first seven seasons — will probably finally get the attention it deserves.
For today’s “Morning Motivation” mix, we are going to look at the workouts and training of the in-demand “missing piece” starting when he was 20 pounds lighter with a Shaggy from Scooby Doo haircut and the inability to bench press 185 pounds more than three times.
“In 2010 he needed to get bigger and stronger,” Said trainer Greg Moore. “I told him, ‘It’s a marathon not a sprint. If you stay the course and the let the process take its course, it will happen in a natural fashion.’ And it has. Every offseason has just been a stair step from the previous offseason.
“I train him to be a basketball player, not a bodybuilder. When I met him, he didn’t like any of this. He just wanted to play basketball. My message to him on Day 1 was, ‘I don’t care if you ever like this. But at the end of the day you can appreciate what it can do for you on the court. You win. I win. We both win. And the end result has showed. He just got paid.”