HoopsHype Kelly Olynyk rumors

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Kelly Olynyk's right ankle sprain may keep the 7-foot rookie sidelined for a couple of weeks, according to his head coach. Olynyk suffered the injury in the second quarter of Boston's 97-82 loss to Indiana on Friday night. He did not travel with the team for tonight's game against Atlanta. Olynyk has not had an MRI performed, and a team official told CSNNE.com that an MRI was not scheduled. CSNNE.com

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The youngster grew up bleeding red and purple (the team’s former colors) as he followed every dribble the Raptors took. “I was a huge fan,” Olynyk said of the Raptors. “I would go any time I could, any time I was allowed to stay up. When I was younger, I used to always watch the games on TV, and then go outside at halftime and start practicing stuff I saw. I was a die-hard fan. I loved it.” NBA.com

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Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft, dominated the rookie categories. 80% of GMs picked him to win Rookie of the Year, while 40% said he will be the best player of this draft class in five years. Charlotte Bobcats center Cody Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett, Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore and Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk also finished in the top five in the latter question. USA Today Sports

October 16, 2013 Updates

But Pierce still has at least one eye out on his old squad and believes the Celtics have a bright future. "They’ve got a lot of good, young talent," Pierce said. "I’ve had a chance to watch them a couple times on TV. Obviously you see their big rookie [Kelly Olynyk]; you see [Jared] Sullinger, he’s taken the next step [and] I think he’s finally healthy; and then when they get Rondo back, this team has a bright future. Jeff Green, I expect him to emerge and really have a good season; Courtney Lee is comfortable out there; Avery [Bradley], it’s time for him to really step up. So they have some nice pieces to build with." They also have three of Brooklyn's future first-round draft picks from the nine-player, three-draft-pick swap that forced Pierce to bid farewell to Boston. ESPN.com

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Celtics rookie Kelly Olynyk is keeping a diary for Comcast (h/t Celtics Life). In his first entry, we learn the young Canadian who Danny Ainge once called “a 7-foot hippy quarterback” doesn’t have a fork or a shower curtain. “I’m basically starting from scratch out here. I don’t really know anyone, don’t have anything to my name out here, don’t even have a fork! “I had to go and get everything, and I still need more. Sometimes I’ll be in my apartment and go to do something, and I’ll be like, ‘I don’t have a shower curtain! I have to take a bath?’ So I get in my car and drive to the practice facility and take a shower.” WEEI.com

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However, Olynyk's offseason workouts have been slowed down some by a plantar fasciitis injury that he said on Thursday is improving. He has been able to spend some time with a few of the Celtics veterans, many of whom are in town with training camp starting October 1. "It's great to meet guys who have been there before," Olynyk said. "You can learn a lot from those guys." CSNNE.com

August 27, 2013 Updates

Asked about the wide-ranging spectrum of expectations -- from Ainge seemingly underselling Olynyk despite moving up three spots to snag him at No. 13 in June's draft, to those who want him in the starting lineup on opening night -- Olynyk smiled again and shook his head. "I just want to help the team any way I can," he said. "Whether it's as an asset on offense or defense, whatever I can do. Just try to bring energy and excitement, and a work ethic every day to help this team get better. That's all you really can do. The pieces will fall where they will, but if you bring the attitude and effort, then good things will happen." ESPN.com

Keeping with the expectations theme, a reporter asked Olynyk whether he got a chance to talk with Kevin McHale at summer league. Olynyk seemed momentarily puzzled as to why he would have been fraternizing with the coach of the Houston Rockets. The reporter explained that, in Boston, a player is invariably compared to those who came before him and the slick post moves Olynyk displayed in Orlando, along with a polished offensive skill set, had triggered some comparisons to McHale, a Hall of Famer who helped bring three NBA titles to Boston. No pressure, kid. Your two most popular summer comparisons have been McHale and childhood idol Dirk Nowitzki. "To be compared to [McHale], man, that's a pretty good comparison, just to be in the same sentence with a guy like that," Olynyk said. "Or Dirk, for that matter. Those are two great names. And any time you're in a sentence, or in the same breath, as one of those guys, you have to feel humbled and honored to even be in that position. I would only hope that my career goes as well as those two." ESPN.com

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Celtics rookie 7-footer Kelly Olynyk will not compete for the Canadian national team this summer because of plantar fasciitis, an inflammation in the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It’s considered a nagging but painful injury. “Nothing too serious, but he just needs to rest and recover,” a source close to the Canadian national team said Monday. Boston Globe

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