One of the most exciting parts of Summer League is getting a good first impression of the rookies that the team just drafted. So far, that hasn't happened for James Young and there's no telling when it will happen. Young was involved in a minor car accident before the draft which caused him to cancel some workouts with teams. It is possible that might have contributed to Young being available at the 17th spot (though that seemed well within his range according to draft experts).
The concern now is how serious it is and when he'll actually get to play.
"[On Monday], we’re going to get more information, and then go from there," Stevens said. When pressed on whether that meant Young was undergoing additional medical testing, Stevens added, "I don’t know what they’re doing. They just said they’re going to let me know what the plan is for the rest of the week. I know he’s going through a light workout [Sunday]."
I think everyone is in favor of taking a cautious approach. The neck is a funny thing and not really something to mess with. Still, the longer this goes on, the more concerned fans will get without more information.
Stevens has reiterated the team has no long term concerns about Young’s injury, but isn’t sure how much the injury has improved in the past few weeks. "He hasn’t done anything stringent basketball-wise yet, so it’s hard for me to say that he’s progressed from that standpoint. I don’t know," Stevens said.
For his part, Young is saying all the right things, as you might expect.
Though Young is anxious to make his professional debut, he’s OK with the cautious plan. "Health always comes first," he said. "I’m just trying to get better and just go from there. It’s a great organization. Individually, they help everybody out. And as a team, it’s a strong team and everybody’s there for each other. I just can’t wait to get started."
Hopefully we'll get some more information today and at least get a timetable on when he'll be able to return.