Celtics rookie James Young told reporters in an interview in Kentucky this week that he’s good to go after suffering a concussion in a car accident back in June. The no. 17 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft was back on campus in Lexington, Kentucky during a youth basketball camp and spoke with the Courier-Journal about his health status and a variety of other subjects.
Here are a few of the highlights of the interview, starting with an update on Young’s health and his thoughts on missing Celtics summer league:
“Yeah, I just got cleared a few days ago, so I’m good now…It was tough for me [to miss summer league], because I had a concussion. I got a chance to meet with some of the guys and stuff like that. Great team, great facility, and the coaching is really great. So I had a chance to just walk around and talk to some of the guys about their past experiences and stuff like that. They’re a bunch of great guys.”
Young also talked about what the Celtics want him to work on for the upcoming season.
“They have a lot of faith in me, so I’ve just been working out – before I got in the accident. I’m about to start working out these next few days. It’s just progressing. Before I got in the accident, I was really working on my footwork and stuff like that, working on my right hand. That’s what they wanted to see improve, so that’s what I’ve been working on.”
The 18-year-old guard/forward will have to develop quickly if he wants to earn playing time during his rookie year. It will be challenging for the rookie to stand out amongst a very crowded wing position on the Celtics depth chart. Marcus Thornton, Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, and Gerald Wallace will all be fighting with Young for minutes at the shooting guard and small forward spots, assuming Danny Ainge keeps this roster intact heading into next season.
Young has a long way to go in order to see the floor in front of those players, but a clean slate of health is a good start. Young touched on plenty more in his interview with reporters and you can check out the full transcript by clicking here.