• The league is currently suspended and highlight pages have resulted into posting old videos
  • A recent Gordon Hayward highlight reel was released for his birthday
  • Jayson Tatum took some time to take note of Hayward's leaping ability

The NBA continues to be suspended with the threat of the coronavirus. The global pandemic has put the world on standby, as everyone is encouraged to practice social distancing.

The league and team owners are now aiming for at least a mid-to-late June return before games resume. The impact of the coronavirus has left the world without sports and forced social media outlets to rerun old highlights and videos.

The popular highlights page, ball is life, turned to old Gordon Hayward highlights to greet the Celtics forward a happy birthday. The video montage featured Hayward during his days with the Utah Jazz. Highlights featured explosive drives to the basket, clutch baskets, posterizing dunks and one chase-down block to the chase-down block expert, Lebron James.

All-Star Jayson Tatum took notice of the highlight reel and quote tweeted the video. He captioned a subtle jab at Hayward’s physical ability during his Jazz days. “Lol Aite G might have a bounce a lil bit!”

Hayward moved to the Celtics in the 2017 season to reunite with his Butler head coach Brad Stevens. While the franchise expected him to blossom into the star that he was, he suffered a freak accident that sidelined him for a year.

But as seasons passed by, Hayward has slowly rekindled the spark he’s capable of on the floor. Hayward has been a pivotal piece to the Celtics’ current run as he’s putting up 17.3 points and 6.5 rebounds a game on 50.2% shooting from the field. The six-foot-seven forward may not be the main facilitator of the team but he’s been able to deliver when it matters the most.

The Celtics’ chemistry has been tremendous this season, as they have tallied the third seed in the Eastern Conference. With the addition of All-Star point guard Kemba Walker, the Celtics currently have a 43-21 record.

Boston has also developed its younger stars with Jaylen Brown tallying 20.4 points and 6.4 assists per game. Tatum also has stepped up for the franchise as he broke out for an All-Star season with averages of 23.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per outing.

Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward has lost his place in the Celtics starting lineup after a difficult start to the season. In this picture, Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, Nov. 8, 2018. Christian Petersen/Getty Image