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Celtics rookie James Young cleared to play and ‘good to go’

James Young of Kentucky is interviewed after being drafted with the #17 overall pick by the Boston Celtics during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
James Young of Kentucky is interviewed after being drafted with the #17 overall pick by the Boston Celtics during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
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The Boston Celtics will finally get a chance to get a look at their other first-round draft pick. According to the Associated Press Tuesday, former Kentucky guard James Young says he is “good to go” after sustaining a concussion and whiplash in a car accident that took place just before last month’s NBA draft.

The 6-foot-6 swingman and 17th overall pick was held from participating in the NBA’s summer league and hasn’t been able to take part in any practices so far this summer. While Young hasn’t been able to take part in activities, Marcus Smart has been the rookie getting most of the attention. Now it is time for Young to show the team just what they acquired when they selected him. Young talked about his disappointment in missing all of Summer League as a result of the car accident during a Q&A with the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Young said, “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.”

The young swingman has been cleared and says he is good to start participating in practice, but will always be reminded on how “fast things can change” in life. The accident occurred just days before the draft and really opened his eyes about how lucky he is to still be able to play the game he loves.

Young will be apart of a cluster of players at his position. The team recently signed swingman Evan Turner. Along with Young and Turner, the Celtics have Avery Bradley, Marcus Thornton, Jeff Green, and veteran Gerald Wallace all at the shooting guard and small forward positions.