Young remains inactive for C's practice

Young remains inactive for C's practice
July 6, 2014, 5:45 pm
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ORLANDO, Fla. —  As the Boston Celtics summer league players took to the court to start practice on Sunday, James Young remained a spectator on the sideline. 

And it may stay that way for the rest of summer league.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he expects to get more information on Young's status on Monday.

"I don't know if he'll play this week," Stevens said. "From everything I know, it's from unlikely to probably not tomorrow (against the Indiana Pacers), and then from there we have another day off and we'll see about later in the week."

Young, selected by Boston with the No. 17 pick in the June 26 NBA draft, was involved in a car accident a couple weeks prior to draft which resulted in him canceling a handful of workouts for teams that included the Boston Celtics.

Since arriving in Boston, the 19-year-old guard/forward has been limited to non-contact work such as riding a stationary bike and some light shooting.

Even if Young does not play with the Celtics this week, there's still value in him being around the team and the coaching staff.

"He's in every film session," Stevens said. "He's watching every walk-through. He's shooting around right now. Like any young guy, he's got a lot to learn about how the NBA game is played and also how we want to play."

After the season ended, the Celtics identified a need to add a shooter either through the draft, free agency or by trade.

When it was the Celtics' turn to select at No. 17, they were pleasantly surprised to see Young was still on the board.

"We wanted shooting," Stevens said. "That was a big part of that position. But we also wanted the best guy for that spot that could be versatile in doing that and other things. You look at that as a good need for us at that time."

Young, who left Kentucky after his freshman year, was considered one of the top perimeter shooters in this draft class.

Although he's 6-foot-6, Young has a 7-foot wing span which could prove to be huge in Young's growth as a defender in this league. 

But that growth to some extent might be put on hold depending on the information Stevens receives on Monday.

Regardless of when Young gets on the floor, he knows he has a lot to learn.

"I'm just excited for the season coming up and learning from all the guys that have been in the league before me and learning from them," he said at his introductory press conference last week.