Kelly Olynyk on Boston: 'Obviously I wanted to go back'

"It was a whirlwind."

That can describe the summer of basically everyone involved with the 2017-18 Boston Celtics, let alone the rest of the NBA, but it was also how a former Celtic described his summer.

Game 7 hero Kelly Olynyk discussed his summer and how he feels leaving Boston during his first media day as a member of the Miami Heat. The Celtics, of course, had to renounce his rights in the process of signing Gordon Hayward this summer, opening Olynyk to sign with the Heat for four years, $50 million.

In the interview below with ShawSports, Olynyk speaks about his love for Boston and sums up the city pretty well.

"I loved Boston," he said. "Boston was an unbelievable place ... If you play sports in Boston, you're like a king. Sports are a religion there."

As he told the Boston Globe earlier in the week, he reiterated that he would have preferred staying in Boston.

"Obviously I wanted to go back," he said. "It was my home. It was everything I had known. We had built something there, a foundation that I wanted to see come to fruition."

But Olynyk seems to enjoy the chance to join the Heat.

"When the opportunity came to come down here, it was amazing, to be part of this organization, the culture down here, the top-down. You talk about going from one winning place to another. It's pretty special.

Here's the full interview with ShawSports. Olynyk talks about his game and what he's looking to add to it, while also adding more about the transition from Boston to Miami.

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