BOSTON — Celtics draft pick James Young suffered a concussion in the car accident that caused him to cancel a handful of workouts leading up to last month's NBA draft, and then forced him to miss all of the Orlando Summer League, he said during a Q&A with the Louisville Courier-Journal.
"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," Young told the Courier-Journal. "It was in L.A."
When asked about missing all of Summer League, 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."
As far as his health now, Young said, "I just got cleared a few days ago, so I'm good now."
There's never a good time for anyone to be in a car accident, but for Young the timing could not have been much worst.
It came in the days leading up to the draft, which multiple league sources indicated was a factor in him sliding to the Celtics when most mock drafts and conversations with league executives prior to the accident had him pegged as a lottery (top-14) pick.
The Celtics drafted Marcus Smart with their No. 6 pick, and Young at No. 17.
"It shows how fast things can change," Young said of the accident. "It really opened my eyes about things and I'm very blessed that I'm here and I get to still play."