The Boston Celtics used their lone pick in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft to select big man Kelly Olynyk out of Gonzaga. Though Olynyk has some issues with his length and athleticism, there’s no doubt that he has a high basketball IQ and a high skill level, particularly on the offensive end of the floor.
However, as the seven-footer adjusts to life in the NBA at Celtics training camp, he’s learning that life alone and life as a pro athlete can be a little different. The best part: Olynyk will be chronicling his transition to life with the Celtics in a “Digital Diary” with A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE in Boston.
The first entry of Olynyk’s diary with the Celtics is absolutely magical. He talks about learning what to expect at training camp, which is probably the least entertaining part of it. However, he then goes on to detail transitioning his life to a city where he’s “starting from scratch” and doesn’t have many acquaintances, saying that he doesn’t “even have a fork” and doesn’t “have a shower curtain.”
If this is what we can expect from these little snapshots into Olynyk’s life with the Celtics, count me in. The rookie has a good sense of humor and it’s interesting to get a glimpse into the life of a young man in the NBA.
In terms of basketball, Olynyk could be a key cog in a rebuilding Celtics team, especially while Rajon Rondo is still recovering from injury. If he can perform well offensively and learn the ropes defensively, he should have a solid rookie season, even if he’s still having to take baths because he doesn’t have a shower curtain.