C's 'not rushing' Young into summer league action

C's 'not rushing' Young into summer league action
July 7, 2014, 7:45 pm
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ORLANDO, Fla. — The James Young resume won't include any highlights from summer league - at least not this week.

The Boston Celtics confirm that Young will not play in any of the team's summer league games this week.

Young, drafted by the Boston Celtics with the No. 17 pick in last month's draft, has been limited to light shooting and riding a stationary bike. 

He was involved in a car accident in California just a couple weeks prior to the June 26 NBA draft. After the accident, Young canceled his remaining workouts which included one with the Celtics. 

"He had a little whiplash, but with whiplash comes concussion-like symptoms here and there," said Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations. "We're just not messing with that stuff."

There's no definitive timetable for Young's return to full basketball-related activities, but Ainge anticipates he'll be back soon.

"He'll be fine in a couple weeks, maybe a week," Ainge said. "We were hoping he'd play this week. But he's just not ready. We're not rushing." 

Indeed, there's no need to hurry the 18-year-old back to participate in games that in the grand scheme of things, do little other than give him a taste of what professional basketball involves. 

"It's always nice to get a chance to play soon after (the draft)," Ainge said. "But in the full scheme of things, it's not critical. We'll have all summer to teach him, spend time with him, get him ready for training camp."