Gordon Hayward 遭遇嚴重受傷之後，生涯經歷過大大少少多個傷患的Kobe Bryant 對他發出這個充滿”Mamba Mentality” 味道的公開訊息：
Be sad. Be mad. Be frustrated. Scream. Cry. Sulk. When you wake up you will think it was just a nightmare only to realize it’s all too real. You will be angry and wish for the day back, the game back THAT play back. But reality gives nothing back and nor should you. Time to move on and focus on doing everything in your power to prepare for surgery, ask all the questions to be sure you understand fully the procedure so that you may visualize it in your subconscious while being operated on and better the chance of it’s success. Then focus on the recovery process day by day by day. It’s a long journey but if you focus on the mini milestones along the way you will find beauty in the struggle of doing simple things that prior to this injury were taken for granted. This will also mean that when you return you will have a new perspective. You will be so appreciative of being able to stand, walk, run that you will train harder than you ever have. You see the belief within you grow with each mini milestone and you will come back a better player for it. Best of luck to you on this journey my brother #mambamentality always.
「傷心吧。憤怒吧。沮喪吧。嚎叫。哭泣。生氣。當你醒來，你會認為這只是惡夢，但只會發現這實在太過真實。你會憤怒，並祈求重奪那一天，重奪那一球賽，重奪那一球。但是現實什麼都不會給你，而你也不應要。是時候向前看，並專注盡能為手術作準備 — 問所有應問的問題，去確認你完全明白整個過程，讓你接受手術時，有能力在你潛意識中影像投射出你的認知，這會令手術的成功率提升。然後專注在日復日復日的康復程序。這是一個漫長歷程，但是如果過程中你專注在微小的目標，你會尋索到美好，當你竭力做一些之前認為是理所當然的簡單動作。這也代表當你回歸，你會有一個新的視角。你會非常感恩你能站、走、跑，使你訓練得比以往都更要賣力。你會見證你內在的信念隨着每個微小目標增長，而因此你歸來時將會成為更強的球員。祝你在這個旅程好運啊兄弟。 永遠 #mambamentality」