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The Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George gave an advice to Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, who faces some recovery problems.

Here is what George said, per ClutchPoints:

“Just honestly, don’t be so hard on yourself. I was fortunate. Again, when I got hurt, the following season I got to play six games and that kind of helped me into the transition.

The fact of the matter is, everybody’s expecting Gordon to be Gordon from Utah. But he’s not. He’s gotta take strides, take steps along the way. Fans can’t be too hard on him. He can’t be too hard on himself.

The game is different. You get hurt and sit out a year and try to come back, the game is totally different (than) the way you left it. He’s got to adapt, find his game, find his rhythm, block out the noise that people are expecting him to be himself right away. It takes time.”