Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk has shoulder surgery, likely out for Olympic qualifier

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In the end, club won over country. This time.

Boston’s Kelly Olynyk had been considering postponing “inevitable” shoulder surgery to play for Canada in Olympic qualifying tournaments this summer. Tuesday the Celtics announced Olynyk had gone ahead with the surgery.

The Boston Celtics announced today that Kelly Olynyk yesterday underwent a successful right shoulder arthroscopy for recurrent subluxations. He will begin an immediate rehabilitation program and the time frame for his return to basketball activities has not yet been determined.

Olynyk had said previously said it likely would be five months of rehab after the surgery, which would have him back sometime during training camp (or the start of the season) but would mean he is out for this summer. Olynyk is a vital part of Team Canada, which will be in one of the three Olympic qualifying tournaments trying to earn a last-chance ticket to Rio.  Here is what Olynyk told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com.

“It’s hard to give up, Olympics,” Olynyk told CSN. “But when you do look at it, if you get hurt it’s even worse to give up the next season. It’s a tough decision.”

Olynyk has developed into a solid stretch four who scored 10 points a game and shot better than 40 percent from three for Boston.