Young embracing 'great opportunity' with Celtics

Young embracing 'great opportunity' with Celtics
July 6, 2013, 3:45 pm
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WINTER PARK, Fla. — There's no telling what Brad Stevens' coaching staff will look like when all is said and done.

But it's clear right now that Jamie Young, one of two assistant coach holdovers (Jay Larranaga is the other) from the Doc Rivers' regime, will be leaned on by the 36-year-old Stevens.

Both grew up in Indiana so there's a Midwest bond of sorts that has already been established.

But more important, Young provides Stevens with experience with the Celtics' way of doing things, something that could prove invaluable during this transition season.

Young has been a member of the Celtics family for 12 seasons, serving an assortment of roles ranging from video coordinator to advance scout to last season being named an assistant coach.

He handled himself quite well in that role, well enough to where Rivers offered him a job as an assistant on his staff in Los Angeles.

Young gave it a lot of thought before ultimately turning it down to instead stay in Boston with the Celtics.

"At the end of the day, just being here so long, I think that won over," said Young.

And because of all that he has done as a Celtic, that won over Stevens to keep him around.

"I think he wanted someone who is familiar with the players we have, and familiar with the way things have gone," said Young, adding, "just how ... he needs to be familiar with the NBA and how things run on a day-to-day type thing. He wanted me to help him with the transition."

And while it will be something new for Young, he's excited about donning yet another hat for the Green team.

"I look forward to it," Young said. "I think it's a great opportunity. At the end of the day, it's the Boston Celtics. It doesn't get better than the Celtics, to me at least. It's just ... everyday I've been here, since I've been here, it's been like 'wow! I can't believe I work here.' It's great."

Still, that didn't make turning down a job with Rivers and the Clippers, one of the league's up-and-coming franchises, any easier.

"It was a hard decision; it was hard to leave Doc and those guys," Young said. "But I've been here so long and the opportunity to stay and to rebuild, it's a great opportunity."