The Miami Heat have confirmed that Kelly Olynyk suffered a right knee bone bruise while playing for Team Canada last week.
Though he won’t be re-joining Team Canada, he is expected to return to action for the Heat in time for the upcoming NBA season. Olynyk slipped and fell during an exhibition game against Nigeria on August 7th in preparation for the FIBA World Cup Tournament. The Heat subsequently announced their injury update today after the results of an MRI.
Though there is certainly inherent risk when NBA players choose to represent their countries, and plenty of American players decided to bypass playing for Team USA to instead focus on the upcoming season, it’s at least good news that (barring any setbacks) Olynyk should be ready to go for the new season.
He appeared in 79 games with 36 starts last season averaging 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 22.9 minutes. The big man set career-highs in three-point field goals made (113), free throws made (152), free throw percentage, games played, minutes (1,812) and starts, according to the Heat.