Rookie Young says he's 'good to go'

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Boston Celtics rookie swingman James Young said Tuesday that he has been cleared to return to basketball activities after the pre-draft car accident that forced him to miss summer league.

From the Associated Press:

Former Kentucky guard James Young says he is "good to go" after a concussion that kept the Boston Celtics' first-round draft pick from playing in the NBA's summer league.

Young sustained the concussion and whiplash in a car accident before last month's NBA draft. The Celtics chose the 6-foot-6 swingman 17th overall with its second first-round pick -- Boston selected Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart sixth overall with the first -- but held Young out of practices and the competition for rookies and free agents in Orlando.

Young said Tuesday that he was cleared to practice a "few days ago", adding that the scary rear-end collision showed him "how fast things can change. It really opened my eyes about things and I'm very blessed that I'm here and still playing."

The Louisville Courier-Journal posted much of Young's lengthy Q&A with reporters, much of which centered on the Celtics and his transition to the NBA game. Along the way, Young expands on the car accident, talks Celtics-Lakers rivalry, and explains his recent haircut:

On missing the summer league: "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."

On whether he's good to go health-wise now: "Yeah, I just got cleared a few days ago, so I'm good now."

On what happened in his accident: "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. It was in L.A."

On Celtics and Lakers hating each other and now he and former UK teammate Julius Randle playing for those rivals: "We're like brothers, so it's going to be a lot of competition between us. Really just going to have fun with it. It's like Kentucky and Louisville. We're not on the same team now, so we just gotta go out there and play."

On his hair cut: "Yeah, it was just time for a change, I guess. Going from being in college to the NBA, I just wanted to make a change. A new look for myself. That was just it."

On if the Celtics made him cut his hair: "Nah, definitely not. It was just me. I actually plan on doing it again. It's fresh."

[Read full Q&A from Courier-Journal]

And here's video of the Q&A from Kentucky Wildcats TV: