WALTHAM — Boston Celtics draft pick James Young suffered a strained neck in a car accident in the weeks prior to the 2014 NBA Draft. The injury forced him to miss workouts for teams around the league prior to the draft and may have helped the swingman drop to the Celtics at no. 17 on draft night.
Lingering effects from the neck injury kept Young sidelined as the rest of the Celtics summer league team gathered in Waltham today for their first official practice.
“James didn’t go through workouts this morning because we’re still just being precautionary after his car accident a couple weeks ago,” summer league coach Jay Larranaga said.
The team will practice for two more days in Waltham this week at the team’s practice facility before flying down Friday to Orlando. It is unclear whether Young will be healthy enough to play when the Celtics kick off their summer league schedule Saturday morning against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“I don’t know,” Larranga said when asked whether Young would play in Orlando. “I’m sure Danny [Ainge] and Coach Stevens will talk about that stuff.”
Even if Young does not suit up, the Celtics should have plenty of depth for a week of games in Orlando. Kelly Olynyk, Phil Pressey, Chris Johnson, Chris Babb and fellow rookie Marcus Smart headline the team’s summer league roster.