MIAMI – Kelly Olynyk understands his style looks “unorthodox,” which might lead some to believe he shuffles his feet here and there.
But the Heat’s big man was able to laugh off the comments of Denver coach Mike Malone on Monday following the Miami’s 149-141 double overtime victory over the Nuggets.
Malone was asked about Olynyk and James Johnson, who were effective playing together up front for most of the night while combining for 61 points. He did praise them but also could not resist taking a jab at Olynyk saying, “Kelly Olynyk traveled all over the place.”
Malone, though, tried to soften the criticism by adding, “but (he) made some big plays.”
Some? Olynyk tallied 30 points and added eight rebounds, six assists and four blocks while playing a season high 41 minutes.
“I think it looks unorthodox. I don’t know if it’s always a travel. Sometimes I get called (for) travel when I don’t travel. So it probably all evens out.”
Olynyk says he’s very aware of his pivot foot when he’s pump faking and attempting to shake loose under the basket to make sure he doesn’t travel.
“It’s all footwork and fundamentals,” he said.
“Watch the NBA. Everybody travels anytime they touch the ball. I don’t know if I did or didn’t. I am sure they were traveling as well.”