Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk left the Canadian national team in the middle of a series of exhibition games because of a wrist injury, but he downplayed the severity of it to ESPN's Chris Forsberg:
Olynyk was coy on the injury, but downplayed concerns. He wasn't wearing a brace and didn't seem cautious while distributing high-5s to the kids as they bounded off a bus in front of Canobie (one of them attaching themselves to Olynyk's leg and seemingly unwilling to let go).
“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.”
Olynyk said he was previously scheduled to return to the area this week (Canada played its 11th and final exhibition in Spain today) and returning early after the wrist injury was merely precautionary. He talked of being ready to go when Celtics players start filing back to Boston in early September in advance of training camp.
Before Team Canada's trip to Europe, Olynyk averaged 17.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for Boston's summer league team in Orlando, though he shot just 40 percent from the field. The 7-footer had a decent rookie year for the Celtics, but he didn't dispel doubts about his ability to protect the rim and battle stronger players for rebounds. While it was worth spending time with the national team in advance of his second season, it wasn't worth aggravating a minor injury.