Olynyk shoulder surgery lands big blow to Canada

The shoulder problems that plagued 7’0″ Kelly Olynyk for much of the latter part of this past NBA season were addressed recently as Olynyk underwent surgery.  According to Providence Journal’s Scott Souza, Olynyk has been told he will need about 5 months of rehab before he is cleared for contact.  This is a terrible blow to Canada’s hopes of qualifying for the Rio Olympics as Olynyk was by far our best all-round player at last summer’s qualifying tournament and thought to be a 30-35+ minutes per game guy in Manila.  With both 6’10” Andrew Nicholson and 6’9″ Dwight Powell entering free agency without the security of a signed deal, suddenly Canada’s projected front line for Manila OQT has thinned out considerably.  With both 6’10” Tristan Thompson and 6’2″ Cory Joseph going far into the NBA playoffs and recent non-committal comments from 6’7″ Andrew Wiggins, the coaching staff has some strong thinking to do with the Manila Olympic Qualifying tournament less than 6 weeks away (5th-10th July 2016).  We hope to have more on this unfortunate situation however reading Souza’s piece it is apparent that surgery and proper rehab are the proper steps for Olynyk to take for his long-term health and career.  We wish Kelly a speedy recovery.


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