BOSTON (CBS) — A lingering neck injury will keep Celtics rookie James Young out of the rest of the Orlando Summer League.
Young, who the Celtics selected 17th overall at last month’s NBA Draft, is still recovering from neck issues he suffered in a car accident prior to the draft, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Monday.
“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 three-and-a-half or four weeks, so we’re just going to not rush it,” Ainge said following Boston’s summer loss to the Indiana Pacers. “He’ll be fine in a couple of 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.”
Young traveled to Orlando over the weekend but did not play in either of Boston’s first two summer league games. Ainge said his rookie shooting guard is still suffering from some whiplash symptoms, making it hard for the 18-year-old to play on the floor.
“He had a little whiplash, but with whiplash comes concussion-like symptoms and dizziness here and there. We’re just not messing with that stuff,” said Ainge.
Young got into the accident just before the draft, and was forced to cancel five scheduled workouts, which may have led to him being available for Boston to draft with the 17th pick. As a freshman at Kentucky, Young averaged 14.3 points on 41 percent shooting and 4.3 rebounds per game last season.
Ainge said while it would have been nice to get Young on the floor this summer, he’d rather not risk anything and have his new player ready for training camp in October.
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