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Boston’s Young says he’s recovered from concussion

  • Boston Celtics 2014 NBA basketball draft picks James Young stands in front of a Boston Celtics logo while speaking with members of the media, Monday, June 30, 2014, in Waltham, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics 2014 NBA basketball draft picks James Young stands in front of a Boston Celtics logo while speaking with members of the media, Monday, June 30, 2014, in Waltham, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics 2014 NBA basketball draft picks James Young stands in front of a Boston Celtics logo while speaking with members of the media, Monday, June 30, 2014, in Waltham, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics 2014 NBA basketball draft picks James Young stands in front of a Boston Celtics logo while speaking with members of the media, Monday, June 30, 2014, in Waltham, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics 2014 NBA basketball draft picks James Young stands in front of a Boston Celtics logo while speaking with members of the media, Monday, June 30, 2014, in Waltham, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics 2014 NBA basketball draft picks James Young stands in front of a Boston Celtics logo while speaking with members of the media, Monday, June 30, 2014, in Waltham, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – 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 yesterday 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.”

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