Former Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk was slated to suit up for the Canadian national team this summer, but the Boston Celtics will have him rest instead due to a case of plantar fasciitis, according to Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe.
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. The injury isn’t viewed as severe, but it’s one that could linger through the upcoming season if it doesn’t receive the proper treatment now.
“Nothing too serious, but he just needs to rest and recover,” a source close to the Canadian national team said Monday.
While Olynyk was reportedly excited to play for his country this summer, shutting him down now is undoubtedly the right move. We’ve seen the impact plantar fasciitis has had in basketball – think Chicago Bulls big man Joakim Noah during the recent playoffs – as well as in other sports. It’s something that is minor at first but can become more and more painful the longer it goes untreated.
When it comes to treatment, the only thing to really do is rest. This is something Olynyk can afford to do now, and it will be harder and harder to do as the new season approaches.