Isaiah Thomas has been working out with Floyd Mayweather this summer. It turns out Mayweather is a huge trash talker, even when it’s someone else’s sport. In a new clip from Showtime’s upcoming All Access series, he talks a big game about beating Thomas at basketball when they play on opposing teams in pickup.
It didn’t go so well.
Considering Thomas is 12 years younger than Mayweather and plays this sport professionally, that’s to be expected.
There are high hopes for the Canadian national team at FIBA Americas, which is a qualifying event for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Canada has qualified for just one of the last six Olympics (they finished seventh in 2000), but with an improved roster that includes Andrew Wiggins, Nik Stauskas, and six other NBA players, they are a team on the rise. And hope north of the border is rising with them.
One of those NBA guys is the Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk, but he tweaked his knee against Argentina. Olynyk sat out the next game, but the coach said not to worry.
Jay Triano said that again on Wednesday, reports Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.
FIBA Americas starts Aug. 31; Canada opens the next day against Argentina (which is without Manu Ginobili).
This is good news for the Celtics and Olynyk as well.
Boston is loaded at the four — Jared Sullinger, David Lee, Jordan Mickey, Jonas Jerebko, Amir Johnson and Jae Crowder — all can get some run at that slot. Any setback for Olynyk is not good, but this seems to be a minor one.
Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk injured his knee while playing for Canada on Sunday.
He didn’t play in Canada’s win over Brazil yesterday, but Canadian coach Jay Triano says not to worry.
Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun:
Canada is playing exhibition games before the FIBA Americas Championship — the summer’s big event for Canada. Placing as one of the top two teams excluding Brazil (which already qualified as host nation) would send Canada to the 2016 Olympics. Placing third through fifth, again excluding Brazil, would at least get Canada into the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
So, you can see why the Canadians would be cautious with Olynyk.
Still, it’d be comforting to see him back on the court to really know he’s OK.