​This is the last thing the NBA needs. Everybody, regardless of their feelings towards the Boston Celtics, is rooting for Gordon Hayward to get back on the court as soon as possible. 

The Celtics forward says he is managing back soreness that was getting "progressively worse" as he was preparing for the regular-season opener next week against the Sixers. 

​​"That's what made me feel like I needed to dial it back a little bit," Hayward said. "In the past, it's bothered me but always calmed down and was fine with treatments and stuff. But this time it was getting worse, especially after playing."

​The Boston Celtics have recently announced that Hayward will be ready for the ​NBA's opening night. 

If the Celtics were smart, they wouldn't rush the former Butler Bulldog back to the court until he's 100 percent. The Celtics can manage the woeful East until he returns. 

​Hayward's long road to recovery stalled yesterday

"...I don't feel comfortable on the floor yet. It's one thing to be physically able to do everything," he said. "It's another to be a basketball player -- the timing and the rhythms. When you've been playing a long time, you just know..."

Get back soon Gordon, we're rooting for you.