Entry 1: 'It's been a whirlwind'

Entry 1: 'It's been a whirlwind'
October 2, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Celtics fans have had a chance to see Kelly Olynyk get soaked at Canobie Lake Park and break bread with a few of us later that day (it was fried dough, but you get the point).

They've seen Olynyk board the 'T' and came away loving it.


There's plenty more in store for the Celtics rookie big man this season, and you'll find it all on CSNNE.com and Comcast SportsNet. Olynyk has agreed to write a digital diary for CSNNE.com, and will file entries throughout the season.

The 7-foot rookie is now in training camp, which consists of two-a-day workouts, but he did manage to set aside some time to reflect on his summer, his growing love for Boston and, like any new guy on his own for the first time, some of the behind-the-scenes issues that uh, unexpectedly pop up.

This, as told to A. Sherrod Blakely, is his first submission. Enjoy!

I'm excited about camp; definitely excited. It's been a whirlwind for me so far, a great ride. I just want to keep it going, go into training camp and work hard and see what this NBA thing is all about.

A lot of the guys have said snippets here and there about what to expect in training camp. They just tell me to enjoy myself, have fun, come in and work hard. One of [coach Brad Stevens's] sayings is come in, have fun playing the game that you love, just work hard, and all the chips will fall into place.

Sounds good to me.

My summer has been basically non-stop. Prepping for the draft, flying city to city working out, and then the actual draft. And then flying into Boston for the press conference and going to Orlando for Summer League.

And then I went home and ran my first summer camp (that was a lot of fun!) and then up to Gonzaga for a couple days and then went to Vegas for the Players Association meetings and then came back here.

That's a lot, eh?

But I've also done a bunch of stuff out here in terms of appearances and visits with kids, which was a lot of fun; trying to get out in the city and trying to find an apartment; find a vehicle; set up a place. 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. It's stuff like that where it's like, sometimes you don't realize what you have until you don't have it.

But it's been a lot of fun so far. All the people and all you Celtics fans have been great to me. And I'm looking forward to what's coming up next, get to play in some games and really play the game I love for the best franchise and the best fans in the NBA!