First game an eye opener for Celtics' Olynyk

Boston Celtic Kelly Olynyk tries to drive to the net against Raptor Austin Daye. The Toronto...

Boston Celtic Kelly Olynyk tries to drive to the net against Raptor Austin Daye. The Toronto Raptors vs the Boston Celtics at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont. on Wednesday October 16, 2013. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:06 AM ET

TORONTO - For the first time, a Canadian made his NBA debut on home soil.

It was bound to happen, what with Canadians becoming NBA staples the past few years (only the United States and France have more than Canada’s eight players in the league this year), and it came when Kelly Olynyk checked in about halfway through the first quarter in his hometown of Toronto.

Olynyk was born here and moved to Kamloops B.C. when his father Ken, the former men’s basketball head coach at the University of Toronto, moved the family out there when Olynyk was starting junior high.

Mother Arlene once worked as a scorekeeper for the Raptors.

So it was a family affair when the Olynyk’s arrived in Toronto just before game time to see their son play against Canada’s lone remaining NBA franchise.

The Celtics big man will always remember his debut, even if his actual performance was forgettable, just four points on 2-for-5 shooting.


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