Gordon Hayward’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said in a phone interview Thursday morning that Hayward’s surgery to repair a dislocated ankle and broken tibia “went really well,” but he cautioned that it is unlikely that the Celtics forward will play this season. “I think he’s going to do great,” Bartelstein said. “We have no question about a full recovery, and he’ll be back better than ever. But it’s going to be a while. It’s going to be a process. It’s going to take a little bit, so we’ve just got to go through the process.”
Bartelstein said he spoke to Hayward before and after the procedure, and that his spirits remained high. “It obviously still shocks your world to go through something like that, but he’s a really strong kid and is going to put his mind in the right place. Right now we’ve just got to get through the pain from the surgery, which we’re working on.”
Bartelstein said that Hayward was aware of the reception he received at the game, and he has been touched by the outpouring of support in Boston, around the NBA, and around the world. “I think it’s been just unbelievable,” Bartelstein said. “I think it’s been overwhelming for him. I think the one thing that comes out from something like this is you see how much people care about you.”
SAB: When did you realize that you wanted to pursue a career as a sports agent? Cervando Tejeda: I initially didn’t want to be an agent. I didn’t have a clue what “being” an agent meant. I wanted to work in the finance industry. I accidentally received an internship opportunity and that is when I realized I want to pursue the agent path. What internships early on in your career prepared you well? What key lessons did you learn? Cervando Tejeda: My internship with ThirdSports And Entertainment is what prepared me – Nathaniel Sain was/is a computer! The experience really gave me the inside view of running an agency from the European side. Yes, my first two years with Nathaniel was a lesson in itself. The most important thing I learned: be direct with all your clients.
Wasserman NBA agents completed more than half a billion dollars in playing contracts and shoe deals for clients in recent months. That number includes about $250 million in shoe contracts, including Phoenix Suns rookie forward Josh Jackson’s deal with Under Armour, which was announced before he was taken No. 4 in the draft.