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NBA scout: Olynyk has the tools to be widely known in the NBA

NBA scout: Olynyk has the tools to be widely known in the NBA

A week ago today, Kelly Olynyk participated in his first organized basketball game as a member of the Boston Celtics.  The gym was full of media, coaches, GM’s, and scouts all trying to get a read on what Olynyk and the rest of the new rookies had to offer. Olynyk didn’t disappoint. I liked what [...]

July 14, 2013 John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) Celtics News, Kelly Olynyk, Summer League 23

The un-glamorous, un-NBA life that is the Orlando Summer League

The un-glamorous, un-NBA life that is the Orlando Summer League

I’ve been covering the Orlando Summer Pro League all week (you can read the pieces here if you missed any).  My final piece from Orlando is a look at the atmosphere in Orlando, and why it’s player’s equivalent of a physical exam.  It’s a piece I wrote for WEEI, which you can find here.  Here’s an [...]

July 13, 2013 John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) Summer League 8

Fighting fatigue becomes latest teachable moment for young Celtics

Fighting fatigue becomes latest teachable moment for young Celtics

Kelly Olynyk paused when he was asked if he recalled the last time he played four games in four days.  He gazed towards the ceiling as he flipped through his memories.  And then he shrugged and said “I don’t know.” In their latest “Welcome to the NBA” moment, this contingent of wanna-be Celtics struggled through [...]

July 10, 2013 John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) Kelly Olynyk, Summer League 1

1-on-1 with coach Brad Stevens

1-on-1 with coach Brad Stevens

I had a quick opportunity to catch up with new Celtics head coach 1-on-1.  He’s a busy guy, but he was nice enough to carve out 5 minutes to talk to me about a few things like his first exposure to the NBA game as head coach, Rajon Rondo, Kelly Olynyk, and the one play [...]

July 10, 2013 John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) Brad Stevens, Summer League 5

Colton Iverson seems to enjoy dishing punishment

Colton Iverson seems to enjoy dishing punishment

“Fair to say you like contact?” Yeah, definitely. How do you feel after games?  Are you sore or anything? No.  I feel great.  I could go play again right now if I wanted to. That exchange between reporters and Colton Iverson after the Celtics’ win over the Pacers at the Orlando Summer Pro League pretty [...]

July 10, 2013 John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) Summer League 11

The college-to-NBA adjustment isn’t just an on-court thing

The college-to-NBA adjustment isn’t just an on-court thing

You’ve heard the story by now.  Six months ago, Kelly Olynyk, Colton Iverson, and Phil Pressey were walking college campuses and playing against a lot of guys whose basketball careers ended before final exams.  Now, they’re wearing “Boston” on their chests, and starting to play against bigger, faster, stronger competition. It’s an adjustment.  One that [...]

July 9, 2013 John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) Colton Iverson, Kelly Olynyk, Summer League 5

The Legend of Kelly Olynyk grows in Orlando

The Legend of Kelly Olynyk grows in Orlando

It’s been said that from Kelly Olynyk’s flowing, golden locks comes an aura that can heal the sick. Actually, I’m the only one who said that, but what’s another wildly ridiculous overreaction to the “O’Klynyk” he’s been putting on here in Orlando.  And while we’re all having fun with the hyperbole while watching Olynyk’s play against [...]

July 9, 2013 John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) Kelly Olynyk, Summer League 11

C’s Summer League 2013: Kelly Olynyk Highlights vs DET

C’s Summer League 2013: Kelly Olynyk Highlights vs DET

Celtics rookie Kelly Olynyk had his second straight impressive game in the Orlando Summer League with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals.  He even dove into the stands trying to save a loose ball and got T’d up at one point.  Check the video below for his highlights vs the Pistons. [...]

July 9, 2013 Jay Kelly Olynyk, Summer League, Videos 5

Fab Melo taking charges: “GIMMIE THAAAAT!!!”

Fab Melo taking charges: “GIMMIE THAAAAT!!!”

So Fab Melo is an ongoing project for the Celtics and so far in two summer league games he’s proven that he is still just that – a project.  But one thing that he has already developed into a pro form is his catch-phrase for when he takes charges.  During today’s complete thrashing against the [...]

July 8, 2013 Jay Fab Melo, Summer League, Videos 9

Pressey making push to make C’s roster

Pressey making push to make C’s roster

It didn’t take long for Brad Stevens to text Phil Pressey when he got Celtics head coaching job.  It took even less time for Pressey to call back. “Right when I got the job I sent a text message out that night,” said Stevens.  ”He called me within about a minute after I sent the [...]

July 8, 2013 John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) Summer League 11