Jamie Young Rumors
Celtics assistant coach Jamie Young recently went to Michigan to visit forward Jonas Jerebko. They played basketball at Jerebko’s home, swam in the pool, cooked out, lifted weights, and watched the US men’s national team in the Olympics. Larranaga has made several stops in Atlanta to work with Al Horford, R.J. Hunter, Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson, and Jaylen Brown. Last month, he showed Horford, the Celtics’ marquee free-agent signee of the summer, some set plays the Celtics run after timeouts.
Brown admitted that he lacked consistent aggression in the early going, but then began attacking the rim as if he owned it, and the results were impressive. “Jaylen, from where he was when he started training camp, to where he is now, yeah. Early on in the week, even going back to Utah, he was just kind of passive to start,” Las Vegas summer league coach Jamie Young said. “I talked to him and I just said, ‘Attack the basket. Do what you do.’ Defensively, he got better as well. I told him, I said, ‘Look we’re running plays throughout. [After-timeout plays] are going to go through you. You’re our guy. We’re going to get you the ball and your job is to score.’ ”
“I saw it in summer league, man,” Hunter said. “Jordan can just flat-out play. He has a motor. He’s smart. He works hard. He makes the right plays. And he’s going to be a star. I think the same with Terry (Rozier, the No. 16 overall pick). Terry, obviously the talent’s there. The speed’s there. And once he figures out this game, I think he’ll be a perennial All-Star. The draft class that the Celtics brought in besides me is unbelievable. I think those guys can really play.” Wait, perennial All-Star? “I think both of them will be All-Stars, yeah.”
Jae Crowder’s season ended during Game 4 of the Celtics’ Eastern Conference first-round series against the Cavaliers after his left knee twisted awkwardly following a flagrant foul from J.R. Smith. Crowder was diagnosed with a sprain. Crowder is back to participating in full workouts, and Celtics assistant coach Jamie Young traveled to Miami last week to conduct workouts with the freshly re-signed swingman, who agreed to a five-year deal in July. Celtics coach Brad Stevens has yet to project a starting lineup, but Crowder will definitely compete with Evan Turner at small forward.
For seven years Young had worked for the Celtics as a video coordinator until he was promoted to the endless road life of an advance scout. And now in this moment of organizational euphoria, he tried to make sense of the telephone call that had come hours earlier: Without warning, his 56-year-old father died of a heart attack in the small Indiana town where he had raised Young. “I’m going to pay for his funeral,” Pierce told Young. “I’m going to pay for everything.”
Jamie Young was about to go for a run. “That’s when I saw all the breaking news,” the Celtics assistant coach said. On that April Monday last year, Young stepped off the treadmill at the Celtics’ practice facility in Waltham and hurried to check in with his colleagues. Young was concerned, because he knew that Doc Rivers, then the Celtics coach, and forward Jeff Green were both living in downtown Boston.