Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and . . . Kelly Olynyk????

Kelly Olynyk was both surprised and excited when told he has drawn the interest of the legendary Sir Mix-A-Lot.

After the rookie's 25-point, seven-assist game against the Lakers, Mix (we call him Mix) tweeted, 'Hey @BillWalton does @KellyOlynyk remind you of anybody? Long hair, smart player, fundamentally sound. . . . I'm just saying.'

'It's pretty cool,' Olynyk said yesterday. 'I mean, you don't realize all the people that are noticing you. It's kind of interesting - especially from a guy like him where you've heard a lot of his music. It's pretty cool.'

By the way, the great Dick Lipe reports that Olynyk was the first Celtic to have at least 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists off the bench since Dana Barros (27-9-9) against Philadelphia in March 1998.

Other Celts to accomplish the feat since 1985 are Kevin McHale against Houston in 1990 and Larry Bird at Milwaukee in April 1986. The C's started Greg Kite, Walton, Scott Wedman, Jerry Sichting and Rick Carlisle in that one. (Kite was soon ejected for throwing the ball at referee Lee Jones.)

Box score can be found here.


FLCeltsFan said...

I very much enjoyed this. Kelly is my grandson's favorite player. It's the hair, I think. He just loves him. I'd love to see a break out season for Kelly. David thinks his problem is that he's too nice since he's Canadian LOL.

Lex said...

since the season hasn't started, and we are tied for the best record in the NBA, I'm going to go out on a limb and predict at least one celtic has a breakthrough season

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