He is the epitome of how Australians like their sports stars, an unassuming force of nature who is again showing that he is comfortable breathing rarified air.
And according to basketball legend Michelle Timms, Nick Kay "doesn't understand his legacy yet".
Commenting on Twitter after the Tamworth-raised forward posted a double-double in the Boomers' 97-59 quarter-final defeat of Argentina at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday night, Timms added: "From here on in Australian basketball we will be saying 'you need a Nick Kay on your team' or 'that kids [sic] a Nick Kay'.
She continued: "He's been outstanding these Olympics ... I'm well and truly on the band wagon [sic]."
Kay's former club the Perth Wildcats called him a "national treasure" in a tweet before the Argentina clash.
Playing 27 minutes against Argentina on a day he turned 29, Kay had 10 points, 10 rebounds and three assists as undefeated Australia set up a semi-final showdown against defending three-time Olympic champions Team USA on Thursday afternoon.
It was a continuation of an impressive debut Olympics for the 206cm weapon, who has signed with Japanese club Shimane Susanoo Magic for the upcoming B League season.
Kay has averaged 14.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and three assists per game in wins over Nigeria (84-67), Italy (86-83), Germany (89-76) and Argentina.
He was part of the Boomers' starting five against Argentina, along with Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova and Jock Landale.
Nick Kay doesn’t understand his legacy yet.. from here on in Australian basketball we will be saying “you need a Nick Kay in your team” or “that kids a Nick Kay” He has been outstanding these Olympics .. I’m well and truely on that band wagon— Michele Timms (@michele_timms) August 3, 2021
While at a pre-Olympics tournament in Las Vegas last month, Kay told the Leader that Tokyo 2020 would be the realisaton of a childhood dream.
"To be here now and heading towards Tokyo, I'm super excited," he said.
At that Las Vegas tournament, the Boomers won both their matches against the US.
Post-match on Tuesday, Boomers veteran Joe Ingles said: "We've had one goal in mind: to win a gold medal and leave here with that."
The winner of Thursday's semi will advance to the gold-medal match on Saturday.
The loser will play for bronze, with the Boomers getting a double-shot to win a breakthrough medal.
France and Slovenia will meet in the other semi-final on Thursday.
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