Although it was encouraging to see Nick Young make his return to court in Sunday’s 108-102 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, it was what he said after the game that could be a cause for concern.
In his first game back since Feb. 5, Young managed to score 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting with one rebound in 19 minutes played
“A little sore, but I am just trying to play the games the best I can and try to be there for my teammates,” Young said. “It’s just pain. The coaches keep telling me to wait but I just love the game of basketball.”
Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni said that Young’s performance was fine, and that he will improve within time.
“He was ok,” D’Antoni said. “Nick is Nick. He is going to play. He was a little winded when he was playing but he will keep getting better.”
As for Young, he also acknowledged that it will take a couple of games before he can find his rhythm and get used to his teammates after missing the last six games. He also revealed that he did not undergo an MRI prior to playing Sunday’s game as he did not want to have sit out any longer if it revealed that his knee was not fully healed.
“I rather not know it,” Young said of not undergoing an MRI. “I just told the doc(tor) I was ready. I don’t believe there is anything broken or anything like that. There is just swelling here and there.
He also added, “I would of known (if something was wrong) if I tried to dunk that layup I had.”
The 28-year-0ld had missed the last six games due to the injury, and if he were to experience any setbacks it could force him to miss the next couple of games, or maybe worse the remainder of the season. Dealing with injuries are a tricky thing to truly handle and the Lakers should know that firsthand with Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant still out with nagging injuries.
So with that in mind, must keep an eye on his knee issues because neither Young or Los Angeles want to go down that all-too-familiar road again this season.
Photo Credit: Gene Sweeney Jr. / Associated Press / December 27, 2013