HoopsHype Kelly Olynyk rumors


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Celtics head coach Brad Stevens divulged that big man Kelly Olynyk, injured on the team's recent road trip, will miss at least another week with a sprained right ankle, and perhaps longer. "I don't anticipate him playing until after the All-Star break," Stevens told reporters following Saturday's practice. The Celtics have six more games before All-Star weekend, including five in the next seven days. Boston Globe

Marc D'Amico: Kelly Olynyk is out for at least another week, says Brad Stevens. "I don't expect him to play until after the All-Star break." Twitter @celtics

January 29, 2015 Updates

Boston Celtics second-year big man Kelly Olynyk wore a protective boot over his sprained right ankle while meeting with reporters after Thursday's practice and said he's uncertain when he'll resume basketball activities while waiting for pain and swelling to subside. Olynyk injured the ankle when he landed awkwardly on the foot of Portland's Thomas Robinson chasing a rebound in last Thursday's win over the Trail Blazers. Olynyk returned home from the team's extended road trip for further testing and could be sidelined util late February, especially with an extended All-Star break looming next month. "It’s tough with something like an ankle, everyone is different," said Olynyk. "It could be a week, it could be three weeks, it could be a month -- you never know. I'm just trying to get better and evaluate it each day, and take the next step whenever it’s deemed necessary." ESPN.com

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Kelly Olynyk's sprained ankle will keep him sidelined for about a month or longer according to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of Boston's 90-89 win at Portland on Thursday night when Olynyk landed on the foot of Blazers forward Thomas Robinson. CSNNE.com

Stevens said Olynyk is back in Boston and will have additional tests this week to better determine the extent of his injury. "Unlikely to be available until potential right at or after the all-star break," Stevens told reporters. Stevens added, "I think it's a sprained ankle. The MRI will tell us more but he got it pretty good. It wasn't just a twist." CSNNE.com

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After the Wizards’ 133-132 double-overtime win over Boston on Monday, Bob Tramonte asked Celtics center Kelly Olynyk what he wanted to do. Olynyk, who scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss, said he wanted pizza from the Italian Store, which has become an Arlington institution since it opened in 1980. The Italian Store was closed by the time the game ended, but that wasn’t a problem, because Tramonte is the store’s owner. His son, Michael, roomed with Olynyk at Gonzaga for a couple of years after being introduced to the former Zags star by his cousin and Olynyk’s college teammate, David Stockton. Tramonte is married to the twin sister of the wife of David’s dad, NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton. Washington Post

Tramonte is more used to seeing D.C. athletes in his store, including Nene, Stephen Strasburg and Ryan Zimmerman. Brother-in-law John Stockton has also stopped by. “I have a pretty good picture of John Stockton taking a pizza out of the oven,” said Tramonte, who met his wife, a Gonzaga alum from Fairbanks, Alaska, while she was working for the governor of Alaska’s office on Capitol Hill. “My kitchen manager is from Sicily and he said: ‘This guy would be good at making pizzas. He’s got big hands.’ ” Washington Post

December 6, 2014 Updates

Instead, because of the personnel deficiencies facing the Celtics, Olynyk has to play the 5. He may be seven feet tall, but he is not an NBA center. And it’s wearing on him in a big way. After averaging 14.4 points per game through the Celts’ first eight games, Olynyk has cratered, putting up just over seven per game in their last nine with a couple of donuts sprinkled in there. He recently went through a four-game stretch in which he shot a mind-boggling 3-for-21 from the floor. Boston Globe

But none of this – not the reduction in minutes or points scored – has anything to do with offense. It’s the other end of the court that’s slowing Olynyk down. He works hard but no amount of preparation can make up for the fact that he’s simply not equipped physically to deal with the rigors of being a traditional NBA big man on defense. It’s probably not a coincidence that those four games in which he could barely buy a hoop came against Portland, Chicago, San Antonio and Atlanta, all teams with big, strong, athletic bigs. Olynyk has real problems handling that kind of opponent on defense. He's even had issues with end of the bench guys like the Spurs' Jeff Ayres (see above) and the Grizzlies' Jon Leuer. Boston Globe

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“It’ll be alright,” Olynyk said of his wrist. Told how even minor injuries tend to become big stories in these parts, he playfully added, “It’s not career-ending.” ESPN.com

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