BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Celtics rookie Kelly Olynyk turned heads with an impressive performance in the Orlando Summer League, but he won’t get a chance to do the same for the Canadian National team in the upcoming FIBA Americas Championships.
That’s because the 22-year-old big man is suffering from plantar fasciitis, according to Toronto Raptors analyst Eric Smith.
The condition, which causes inflammation of tissue on the bottom of the foot, is never good when it comes to big men in the NBA. It can be a lingering condition, but it’s believed that with rest Olynyk should be good to go when Celtics camp begins in September.
While the seven-footer is expected to attend Team Canada’s training camp, he will not participate.
Olynyk, selected 13th overall by the Celtics following a draft night trade, put up big numbers in the summer league last month, averaging 18 points on 58-percent shooting and 7.8 rebounds in five games for Boston. He ranked fourth overall in points, and was named to the Summer League First Team.
While Danny Ainge has tried to temper expectations for his first-round pick, with the Celtics in rebuilding mode the 22-year-old Olynyk could see significant minutes as a rookie this coming season.