Young has missed 14 out of the last 15 games due to soreness and pain in his left knee. The 28-year-old had initially suffered a non-displaced fracture of the patella and a bone bruise in his left knee on Feb. 5 after bumping knees with Cleveland Cavaliers forward C.J. Miles as he was attempting a lay-up on a fast break.
The six-year veteran returned after a six-game absence on Feb. 23 against the Brooklyn Nets, as he scored 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting with one rebound in 19 minutes played, but after the game he revealed that he was still experiencing pain and soreness in his left knee.
“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.”
He also stated that he did not undergo an MRI prior to the game due to his fear that the doctors would not let him play if they found anything wrong.
“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.”
After that game, Young has missed the last nine contests. He was hoping to play in the team’s two-game road trip this past week, but was unable to because he did not practice on Wednesday as he was limited to an individual weight training session and running on a weight-bearing treadmill.
That does not come as a surprise due to the fact that Young has not progressed far enough in his recovery as current rehab routine consist of weight training, spot-up shooting and running on a weight-bearing treadmill. But with that said, there is four-day layoff until Wednesday’s game which would give Young a chance to move further along in his recovery.
“They want the bruise to heal,” said Young, who added he doesn’t need to wear a brace on his knee. “If I keep getting hit, I would be out longer.”
However, Young would have to clear one more hurdle by participating full in at least one practice without experiencing any setbacks. The 28-year-old is having a solid with the Lakers after signing a one-year, $1.2 million contract last offseason, as he is the team’s second-leading scorer at 16.8 points per game.
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Here are highlights from Young’s season-high 31 points against the Chicago Bulls:
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