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Celtics canceled James Young’s flight back to the D-League, Celtics made the right call


James Young was supposed to be in Portland, Maine on Sunday for the Red Claws’ game with the Erie Bayhawks, but a last-second decision to keep him on Boston’s five-game road trip allowed him to suit up for the Celtics last night in New Orleans, where he made the most of his opportunity in a season-high 20 minutes.

“I was literally at the gate about to walk in (to the airplane),” Young said Saturday night, after a phone call from the Celtics kept him from boarding the flight back home. “I got up early and everything. Mentally was heading back to Boston.”

Instead, the former Wildcat walked away from the flight and rejoined the team after Brad Stevens realized he could use Young’s length and more depth in Boston’s banged up backcourt.

The decision proved to be the correct one, as Young was a key contributor in his team’s 111-93 win over Anthony Davis and the Pelicans last night.

Stevens singled out two big plays by Young for preventing second-half Pelican runs.

One was this strip of Anthony Davis and dish to Evan Turner:

The other was this tough finish in transition:

And to think, he was only a few steps toward an airplane from being back in Maine and missing his shot at sticking around with the Celtics.


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

6 Comments for Celtics canceled James Young’s flight back to the D-League, Celtics made the right call

  1. Rajonrondo9
    11:18 am December 8, 2015 Permalink

    It’s showing me the same two videos.

  2. Rajonrondo9
    12:08 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    Thanks for fixing drew

  3. Stives
    12:49 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    He’s weak. Boston is already drafting over him. D Leaguer for life…

  4. Angelo
    12:50 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    What an incredible story.

  5. rosquirto
    3:42 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    I think James could have benefited from one more year at UK but I don’t blame anyone for trying to achieve their dreams.

  6. Leuther
    6:41 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    He clearly wasn’t mature enough for the pros but who can blame him for taking the money?