Atlantic Notes: Young, Okafor, Marshall, Knicks

The CelticsJames Young had the shortest D-League assignment of his career Friday, writes A. Sherrod Blakely of After sending him to their Maine affiliate, the Celtics decided they needed Young as insurance because of a quad injury to Avery Bradley. So Young was recalled to the NBA before he got on the plane. “I got to the airport, I got to the gate and everything, I got a phone call saying I was going to stay here,” Young said. “I was like, ‘alright.’ I had to tell people, I need my bags back. So they took it to baggage claim and I went down.”

There’s more from the Atlantic Division:

  • The off-court conduct of Sixers rookie Jahlil Okafor is a result of GM Sam Hinkie failing to have veteran mentors on the roster, charges Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe. Okafor served a two-game suspension this week that was imposed after two alleged altercations in Boston on November 25th, among other reported transgressions. Washburn criticizes Hinkie and the organization for not having someone in place to help Okafor learn about life in the NBA.
  • The Sixers hope to have Kendall Marshall make his season debut in Thursday’s game against the Nets, tweets Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Marshall, recovering from a torn ACL, was recalled from the D-League on Friday, along with fellow injured point guard Tony Wroten. Wroten hopes to play 15 or 16 minutes against the Spurs Monday, Pompey also tweets.
  • The Knicks are crediting changes to their training program and staff for improved health through the first month of this season, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post. Since Arron Afflalo returned from a strained hamstring on November 11th, the team has had all 14 players ready for nearly every game. “That started last season — re-evaluating what we were doing, how we were doing it,” said coach Derek Fisher. “How the practices should be structured, how long they should be, offseason progress. [It was] all designed to create this environment. Everybody can be here for us and ready to play and it gives us the most chance to win.”
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