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Celtics first rounder James Young cleared after concussion in car crash

Aug 2, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

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James Young, coming out of Kentucky, was in a car crash that caused him to miss several pre-draft workouts.

Possibly as a result, he slid to No. 17, where the Celtics drafted him.

Young also missed summer league, not necessarily a career-altering setback but a concern nonetheless. Whenever a player injures himself away from the court and hasn’t returned, the uncertainty of the situation leaves the public in the dark – and sometimes fearing the worst. It didn’t help that Young, at the time of the crash, wasn’t with a team that could disseminate any information and alleviate fears.

But Young recently cleared up his status.

Young, as transcribed by Kyle Tucker of The Courier-Journal:

On what happened in his accident: "It was just the car in front of me stopped so fast and I just didn’t react fast enough and just rear-ended them. It was in L.A."

On missing the summer league: "It was tough for me, 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."

On whether he’s good to go health-wise now: "Yeah, I just got cleared a few days ago, so I’m good now."

On having a car accident right before the draft being scary: "It definitely was, because it shows how fast things can change. It really opened my eyes about things and I’m very blessed that I’m here and I get to still play."

I’m glad to hear Young is OK.

The Celtics were among the draft’s winners, because they nabbed Young and Marcus Smart. For now, both players will be competing for minutes in a backcourt that also includes Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Marcus Thornton. But some day – with Young healthy – he and Smart might their become own set of starting guards.

  1. saint1997 - Aug 3, 2014 at 4:51 AM

    Glad to hear the accident seems like it isn’t indicative of any low character actions i.e. speeding, and just seems to be an accident that could happen to all of us

  2. lenbias34pt - Aug 3, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Speeding is low character?
    I’d be more concern if he was going 55-60 in the fast lane while texting.

    Young strikes me as a special ‘young’ talent who could either work real hard to evolve his game and wind up a Scottie Pippen type talent………or be willing to play hard on D but never work hard in the gym or on growing his offensive game and wind up a T. Prince………or smoke, drink and play video games with all the coin and wind up one of hundreds of kids with all the talent to star in the NBA but out of it!

    Understand what work is James Young.
    Embrace that and be proud of what you make of yourself.

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