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Nick Young injury: Lakers forward likely done for season

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Los Angeles Lakers guard  Nick Young is likely to miss the rest of the season, according to head coach Byron Scott after practice Saturday, as per ESPN. 

The missed playing time is a result from a fractured left knee sustained during the Lakers’ February 22 victory against the Boston Celtics. With only seven games left in the season and Young having missed the past 20, it was a fair bet he couldn’t close out the season. 

Young has been plagued by injuries and ineffectiveness this season. Aside from the playing time missed due to the fractured knee, he missed the first ten games of the season with a torn thumb ligament and, later, three more games due to a sprained ankle. He also battled a shooting slump midway through the season, shooting 32.2 percent from the field and 28.6 percent on his 3-point attempts from January 1 to the time of his injury.

This led coach Scott to really take it to Young during his comments about Young’s injury (from Joey Ramierez of Lakers.com via ProBasketballtalk.com)

“Being out as long as he’s been out with seven games to go, I don’t really see how he can probably play. He’s got to get back into game condition and things like that. So I don’t think there’s a chance he’s going to play in the next week.” …
“It’s just a matter of him getting healthy … and understanding going into next year his priorities need to be a little different. He’s a home run or a strikeout type guy on the offensive end. Just like I told him: He has to elevate his game.
“He has to grow as a basketball player if he wants to continue to play in this league for a long time. He has to get better moving without the ball; being able to defend people a little bit better; and be a better off-the-ball defender as well.”

 

However much Scott wants to criticize Young though, he needs him. Aside from needing him to perform on one of the Lakers’ least talented rosters this century, he doesn’t have much of a choice. Young signed to four-year, $21 million deal to play for his hometown team last July. If he were at any time released before the final year of his vastly overpriced contract, a cap hit of over $10 million would apply. 

Scott needs Young to improve for the Lakers to be good again. Or at least go back to doing this. Or this.

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Pressley Nietering

Pressley Nietering is an up-and-coming writer. He will attend Clemson University. Follow him on Twitter @Pressme
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