Miami Heat

Basketball Without Borders 2018: Kelly Olynyk, trading places

kelly-olynyk-060218-ftr
Kelly Olynyk (Getty Images)

It's crazy how things work out sometimes.

Back in 2009, Kelly Olynyk travelled to Mexico City to take part in a Basketball Without Borders clinic as a camper.

Now, he's on the other side as a coach.

"It's almost a nostalgic feeling walking in there and seeing these kids kind of sitting in the middle of the floor and knowing that nine years ago that was me sitting right there," Olynyk said.

"And it's fun to share that experience with them and help them realize what it means to compete at the highest level and kind of give them a little bit of an opportunity and give them some helpful insight to the game and just try to help them along their way."

For a little over a week, Olynyk has been at The NBA Academy India in Delhi National Capital Region to assist the top 66 boys and girls from 16 countries and territories in the 10th Basketball Without Borders Asia.

Keep up to date with all of the latest :tag: news!
Sure Not Now

Along with three other current NBA players, two former WNBA stars and a slew of NBA assistant coaches, Olynyk has guided campers through on-court drills and off-court seminars while also participating in community outreach initiatives.

Additionally, KO has had the chance to sightsee and immerse himself in the Indian culture. Not only has he checked out the Taj Mahal, but he's also driven through Delhi and seen a famous temple while in India.

As you'd imagine, Olynyk has enjoyed his time overseas.

"The experience has been awesome. Anytime that you get to experience another culture and another country…it's a life-changing experience," Olynyk said. "[It's] something that you can learn from, grow from and take back to wherever you're from."

More from NBA.com

#Raps Hornets
Preview: Raptors looking to stay undefeated vs Hornets
Carlan Gay
Nikola Jokic and Kemba Walker were named Players of the Week
Jokic, Walker named NBA Players of the Week
NBA.com Staff
#Kelly
Moment of the week: Olynyk makes first career game-winner
Gilbert McGregor and Carlan Gay
#Where-to-Watch_Oct22-28
NBA weekly schedule: Where to Watch presented by PRO•LINE
NBA.com staff
#Marcus Morris
Morris on Raptors: 'We’re way more talented than those guys'
Carlan Gay
trae-gary-deaaron-split-102118-ftr-nba-getty
Young, Harris and Fox stand out in Sunday's action
Gilbert McGregor
More News