Jamie and Jason Young were living embodiments of what it meant to be a kid in the Hoosier State. Whether it was on the hoop down the street or at the park, the brothers spent countless afternoons and evenings playing against one another.
The Youngs’ shared passion for basketball would take them on journeys that would test their enthusiasm for Dr. James Naismith’s creation and introduce them to the sport’s headliners.
Jason sits courtside at a recent Mt. Vernon boys basketball practice wearing a Boston Celtics long sleeve T-shirt and a weary expression. A few feet away sleeps his five-year-old son, Maverick, who is unable to stave off the same fatigue shared by his father, an MV varsity assistant.
The two recently traveled to Chicago to see the Celtics take on the Bulls. Before the game, Maverick worked on his jump shot with Uncle Jamie, an assistant coach with the Celtics.
“He thinks he’s pretty good,” said a smiling Jason, knowing full well where his son’s confidence comes from.
A short time later, Steve Lynch reclines back in his office chair and reflects on his own basketball voyage, one that’s seen him coach at the high school ranks and two different levels in college.
“There are a lot of guys that talk about getting into the business, what you have to do to get into the business,” commented the seventh-year MV coach. “It’s always funny when you’re the young guy. You don’t know if you believe all the stories.”