Gordon Hayward’s Celtics career may end as one big what-might-have-been

There has always been a conundrum with Gordon Hayward in his three seasons as a Celtic. A complication, a turn of events — sometimes foreseeable, sometimes shocking — that inevitably added degrees of difficulty to his quest and fans’ hopes that he could be the next all-around great Celtic.

It’s fitting, then, that if his decision Thursday to decline the option for the final year of his contract and test free agency is indeed his final act as a Celtic, the franchise will be stuck with one more Hayward-related quandary that also serves as a summary of his time here.

He wasn’t as good as he was supposed to be.

Yet the Celtics aren’t going to find anyone soon who is nearly as good.

There’s always a yeah-but in discussing Hayward’s time here, no matter which side of the argument you’re attempting to make.

He’s not as good as he

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Tipsheet: Epstein bails on Cubs, ponders next career move | Jeff Gordon

Tom Verducci, “One thing you must understand about Epstein, and why his creative alarm clock goes off after about 10 years in one place, is that he is intense about being a collaborative builder. He is the most important baseball figure of this young century. It is not just because he is smart. It is because he is driven and because he delivered championships. He is not the architect of theory but of best practices that won actual titles. He knows what he does not know, and not only surrounds himself with front office talent but also empowers them to contribute and fill in the gaps. The game you see today is the game Epstein helped birth, though he never saw it going this far down the rabbit hole of analytics that it has lost much of its soul in a relentless, clinical pursuit of efficiency. The job

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Former Hope College president Gordon Van Wylen dies after contracting coronavirus

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A former Hope College president who helped transform the school in the 1970s and 1980s — and who also was a World War II Navy veteran — has died at age 100.

Gordon Van Wylen died Thursday, Nov. 5 after battling coronavirus, according to Hope College officials.

Van Wylen is recognized not only for his efforts to improve and grow Hope College, but also his attention to the revitalization of downtown Holland.

Van Wylen served as Hope College president form 1972 to 1987.

Numerous major campus building projects began or were completed during his tenure, including the Peale Science Center, now part of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center; the Dow Health and Physical Education Center; College East Apartments; the De Pree Art Center and Gallery; the Maas Student and Conference Center; Bekkering Admissions Office; and the Gordon J. and Margaret D. Van Wylen Library.


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