Former Kentucky Wildcats guard James Young will not play in the NBA Summer League for the Boston Celtics in Orlando.
Neck and whiplash issues have been bothering the 17th pick of the first round following a car accident last in June. As such, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made the decision recently that Young would not play this summer in Orlando.
“He’s still got symptoms from the car accident and he doesn’t have enough time to learn the stuff, get himself in shape — he hasn’t played for 3 1/2 or 4 weeks, so we’re just going to not rush it,” Ainge said according to ESPN Boston. “He’ll be fine in a couple weeks. Maybe a week. We were just hoping that he would be able to play this week, but he’s just not ready and we’re not rushing him.”
It’s bad news for those Kentucky Wildcats fans who watch the NBA Summer League games on NBA TV and want to watch former Cats take on other rookies and rising stars in the NBA. Young will be fine in the long run but the Celtics are doing this more so out of precautionary reasons than anything else.
Even with not playing in the summer league, Young won’t be at a disadvantage when the Celtics open up camp later this year.
“It’s always nice to give a guy a chance to play, so soon after they are drafted, but in the scheme of things, it’s not critical,” Ainge said. “We’ll have all summer to teach him, spend time with him, and get him ready for training camp.”