Report: Kelly Olynyk to withdraw from Canada World Cup team
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 15, 2019 07:49 AM
FILE - MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 28: Kelly Olynyk #9 of the Miami Heat goes up for layup against the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 28, 2018 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
Team Canada will reportedly be down another NBA player, ahead of their 2019 FIBA World Cup campaign.
Per a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, big man Kelly Olynyk will reportedly "be unable to compete for Canada in the FIBA World Cup" due to a knee injury that he suffered during an exhibition game against Nigeria last week.
After suffering a knee injury in competition last week, Miami Heat F Kelly Olynyk will be unable to compete for Canada in the FIBA World Cup, source tells ESPN. Olynyk is expected to be ready for the start of the NBA season.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 13, 2019
here's the sequence in the third quarter where kelly olynyk slipped on a wet spot on the floor and had to be helped to the locker room pic.twitter.com/RUn5R8zmgL— Yahoo Sports Canada (@YahooCASports) August 8, 2019
The injury means Canada will likely have to lean more on Chris Boucher and Khem Birch, two other bigs with NBA experience, up front.
Last season with the Heat, Olynyk appeared in a career-best 79 games and averaged 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.8 assists, while shooting 35.4 percent from three.
Canada is part of Group H, along with Senegal, Lithuania, and Australia.