Kelly Olynyk will be getting extra reps this summer, but it won’t be in the Drew league or an NBA Summer League. Instead, Olynyk will be playing for his country, Canada, on the Senior Men’s Canadian National Team.
According to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun Olynyk has been part of Team Canada for many years playing from 2008-2011 and in the 2015 Rio Olympics Qualifiers. When asked why he keeps returning, Olynyk said:
“I love the game of basketball, I love my country. Simple as that,”
Team Canada is getting ready for a slew of games, and Olynyk seems excited about their chances.
“It’s pretty cool to be a part of, especially when the games have legitimate meaning as far as our standing and what’s to come.”
These games will be an attempt to qualify for the FIBA World Cup and later the Olympics.
So what does this mean for the Heat? It means Olynyk stays conditioned all summer and gets reps with some very talented players, chosen by GM, Steve Nash including likely lottery pick R.J. Barrett.
Olynyk was very good for the Miami Heat this season, and stepped up when needed in the playoffs. Having him conditioned and ready to go come training camp will be great for the Heat.