By LARRY VAUGHT
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.”