Former University of Kentucky guard James Young made the Boston Celtics final roster earlier this week.
Young also received a challenge from Celtics president Danny Ainge.
Here are some comments from Ainge and Young:
Young, who heads into his third season just barely missing the cut, has no delusions about the precarious edge he's been on. Consider what Danny Ainge told him after picking Young over Hunter.
"I told him this morning that I think this is the first time he’s earned anything in his life," said the Celtics president. "He earned this by his play, day in and day out, and he just has to keep earning it. He was given a lot as a young kid, with a lot of promise and a lot of potential and like we talked about earlier this summer, he had to come out and win a spot with some good competition, and he did. So he just needs to keep doing what he’s been doing. He’s had a good six weeks of consistent play, hard work and professionalism and that’s what he needs to continue to do."
Young says he understood, completely.
"I mean, I've always been better than a lot of people growing up - high school, college, I was real good. I came here and it was a big shock," he said. "I feel like this is even better than the draft really, earning this position. Like I said, I'm really blessed to be a part of this and not much I can do but keep getting better. People kept telling me, 'Hope you have a great season. Hope you make the team.' I just got tired of hearing that so it motivated me to get into the gym right after summer league, just come here, keep working hard and take no days off."
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