Just a couple hours prior to tip-off of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Gordon Hayward’s wife, Robyn, announced via Instagram the birth of the couple’s fourth child and first son.
Robyn revealed that their newborn son — Gordon Theodore Hayward — is named after his father, but the family is calling him Theo. Hayward already has a nickname for his son and is calling him GT.
At the start of the NBA bubble, Hayward planned to leave the Celtics to be in attendance for his son’s birth. But after getting time to visit with his family while he was recovering from a Grade 3 right ankle sprain, Hayward decided to not leave the bubble again and stay with the team.
It’s just Hayward’s second game back for his ankle injury and just third overall appearance in the playoffs for Boston. After playing 30 minutes in a Game 3 win over the Heat, Hayward’s ankle will be tested again in Game 4, but the good news he received should help give him a boost.
“I think his ankle’s fine right now,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “I don’t think he’s thought about it all afternoon.”
Hayward’s son was already decked in Celtics garb and ready to cheer on his father with the rest of the family. And Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge sees a potential first round draft pick in the future.