Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk would like to apologize to Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love for injuring Love's shoulder, but Love will not accept the apology, Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Love was injured during Game 4 of the Cavaliers-Celtics series last month when Olynyk pulled at Love's arm while they battled for a loose ball. Love had surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder and torn labrum, and is expected to be out for four to six months. The NBA suspended Olynyk one game for his actions.
From Wojnarowski's report:
Olynyk and his representatives have continued to deliver word to Love and people close to him that Olynyk wants to privately apologize to him, sources told Yahoo Sports. Olynyk wants to tell Love personally that he never intended to injure him in Game 4 of that series, that he's sorry for the shoulder surgery that'll cost Love six months.
Strangely, Love continues to rebuff Olynyk. He isn't interested in the call, refusing to ease Olynyk's guilt.
Immediately after it happened, Love called the play "bush-league."
"That's just not a basketball play," Love told reporters after the game. "The league will take a look at it and it better be swift and just."
Olynyk said he did not intentionally injure Love.
"That’s ridiculous," Olynyk told The Boston Herald. "I would never intentionally hurt Kevin or anyone else. He locked my arm up, I locked up his as we were fighting for a loose ball. You lock up arms all the time in this league."
- Dan Gartland