Olynyk on road to recovery from plantar fasciitis

Olynyk on road to recovery from plantar fasciitis
August 23, 2013, 3:00 pm
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SALEM, N.H.  — It was a plantar fasciitis injury kept Boston Celtics forward/center Kelly Olynyk sidelined for part of this summer and unable to participate with the Canadian National Team.

It remains to be seen if the injury will have an impact on him heading into training camp.

"I'm just trying to be real precautionary, make sure I'm ready to go during the season," said Olynyk who was in town as part of the Celtics Shamrock Foundation and Canobie Lake Park's fun-filled day with children from the MPSCC's after-school and summer program. "It's a real long season. I want to make sure I'm where I need to be when everything kicks off."

The injury doesn't appear to be that severe, but the 7-foot rookie refused to put a timetable on when he will be back on the court.

"They have some great doctors down here," said Olynyk who added that he will be in town most of the time between now and the start of training camp. "I'm just trying to work with them and make sure we're doing the right things at the right time and not try and rush anything that could be detrimental in the future."

For Olynyk, the future looks extremely bright after a strong showing with Boston's summer league team in Orlando.

In five games, Olynyk averaged 18 points and 7.8 rebounds in just over 24 minutes per game, and was named one of the tournament's outstanding players.

"But I still have a lot to prove," he said. "It's just one step, and people can forget it just as easily as they remember it. So I have to keep working hard, keep getting better everyday."