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James Young still has flashbacks of national championship game loss


It has been almost four months since Kentucky lost the national championship game to Connecticut, but James Young still has flashbacks to that night.

“Every once in a while I definitely get a flashback of what happened,” said Young, who was back in Kentucky this week to work at camps here and Florence. “I was actually at the (NBA) combine, I was sitting in my bed just thinking about what could we have done different and stuff like that.

“It definitely just comes back in and out, but it was a good game, and nothing more we can do now.”

Young opted to leave UK after his freshman season and was a first-round draft pick of the Boston Celtics. However, he liked being back in Kentucky — if only for a few days.

“It’s a lot of fun. I got to see some of the teammates from last year. It’s good seeing some of the guys, the coaches, coaching staff, and stuff like that. I’ve had a lot of fun with it,” Young said.

Here are some other subjects Young addressed during a brief media appearance at camp:

Question: Was he was surprised by any of the guys who did come back to UK for another year?

Young: “Was I surprised? Not really. You do what you have to do. Julius (Randle) wanted to go on and I wanted to go on, something we wanted to do since we were little kids, so we had the opportunity to do it and we just took the chance. I’ve had fun during the process throughout camps and stuff like that, so it was a great experience.”

Question: What led him to decide this was the year to go?

Young: “It was, I guess, the run we had and talking to my dad right after the game. He said it was just really up to me, if I felt like I was ready for it just go. It took me a few days to think about it and stuff like that, so I talked to him about it. I felt like I was ready, so I took the chance.”

Question: What is it like seeing all the championship trophies in Boston?

Young: “I definitely did, and they have a blank one up there. That’s just like motivation, I guess, for us to put another championship up there, and that’s what we can look forward to every day in practice.”

Question: Has he done his homework about Celtics’ history?

Young: “I think they’ve got 17, I want to say, championships. So we definitely gotta make it 18. Larry Bird was a great guy that came up there. So I had to do a little bit of that (homework). Basically, that’s about it.”

Question: What about the Celtics and Lakers hating each other and now he and former UK teammate Randle are playing for those rivals?

Young: “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.”

Question: What was it like playing with the campers?

Young: “It’s a lot of fun. It was a lot of fun to go out there and be with the kids and just have fun. We’re just playing basketball. They love the sport and I love the sport, so we just got that connection and it’s just been a lot of fun here.”

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  1. Larry T Clemons

    Wonderful Young Man….Coach Cal, was lucky to have His DRIVE !

  2. Larry Pup

    Young is a good guy, but I hate the one and done process. It has hurt college basketball big time IMO. With Cal trying to reload every year, just that pressure, will kill him eventually. The day he starts getting out recruited for the top talent is the day he will call it quits at UK IMO.

    1. Larry T Clemons

      I disagree, I think The TALENT needs to catch up to College Basketball, ” And It Is ” ! Look at all the exceptional International Players, also…Plus Kentucky only lost 2 Players to one & done last year….Everything is different, already, than it was two & three years ago….any type of critic of one & done is invalid, there is not clear enough data, over a long period….And it appears there won’t be, at least not at Kentucky, Players are staying two & three years !

      1. Larry Pup

        I hope you are right LTC. We’ll see. This next year will tell much about the process moving forward. There will be a big TO at the end of the 14-15 basketball season. Many from this team will turn pro before they graduate, and he’ll be forced to reload, that is really my point. He will want the very best athletes, the cream of the crop. I hope Cal can keep it up, but he has been both very good at what he does and very fortunate. My question is, can Calipari take a bunch of kids that may not be 5* quality, and put a winner on the floor? He has had his pick of the crop up to this point every year. Don’t take me wrong, I hope he continues to kill the competition, but he’ll have to keep signing the best. The first year he does not do that, can he still put a winner on the floor?

  3. Larry T Clemons

    I already see a lock on 3 to 5 Great Players for 2015-16….my opinion, of course.

  4. lonnie

    The answer to Young’s question, play just like they did but don’t miss 11 out of 24 free throws. Coach Cals one and done teams have been weak at the free throw line. The little things need to be in line to win a championship,plus all teams need a little luck!!

    1. thom adams

      Agreed. Same at Memphis with his great teams. What’s really weird is that I understand that Cal is lights out from the free throw line. I know that he has shot FT’s in some coaches competitions. Seems that he would be able to impart some wisdom…?

    2. thom adams

      Agreed. Same at Memphis with his great teams. What’s really weird is that I understand that Cal is lights out from the free throw line. I know that he has shot FT’s in some coaches competitions. Seems that he would be able to impart some wisdom…?

  5. Dave / NM

    There’s no other place like My Ol’ Kentucky Home.
    GO BIG BLUE !!!

  6. Anonymous

    He is the dumbass that went pro….. Nothing like GREED OF MONEY instead of the free fun things in life you had when the NBA can wait. I don’t feel sorry for anyone leaving early……GREED!!!

    1. Larry T Clemons

      You should be deleted…

    2. Dave / NM

      And YOU, Mr. Anonymous, have taken a vow of poverty, right?

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