Kobe Bryant offers inspiring message to Gordon Hayward after his devastating injury

The start of the 2017-18 NBA season on Tuesday night was marred by Gordon Hayward's gut-wrenching injury just minutes into his debut with the Boston Celtics.

After suffering a severe ankle break that caused the Cavaliers bench to react in horror, athletes across the league reached out to Hayward over social media offering him prayers and words of encouragement.

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God bless you bro @gordonhayward ! 🙏🏾 help him thru this god!
Can't even put into words. Gordon Hayward. Feeling for you man. Absolutely gut wrenching.
Prayers up for Gordon Hayward !!! 🙏🏽
Lord , Carry Him Now 🙏🏾@gordonhayward https://t.co/jEnvghETW1
Praying for my guy @gordonhayward!!! NEVER want to see any of the guys go through anything like that.
Prayers to my brother @gordonhayward 🙏 https://t.co/WigEE3BFPP
Wow smh prayers up to @gordonhayward may God give you strength during this time.
Praying for GH.... omg.... nasty look
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Wow...thats horrific...feel awful for Hayward
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On Wednesday, Kobe Bryant added his name to the growing list of athletes sending Hayward their well-wishes, posting a photo of the Celtics forward to his Instagram account along with an inspiring message for him in his recovery.

Kobe's message to Hayward came from the type of veteran knowledge that few players in the league possess.  You can read the full caption below.

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