Nick Young Out 8 Weeks With Thumb Injury
The Los Angeles Lakers dealt with far too many injuries a year ago. Another can be added to the pile before the 2014-15 NBA season even officially begins.
According to reports, shooting guard Nick Young will miss up to eight weeks due to a torn ligament in his thumb. The injury was sustained in practiced and is to his shooting hand, making recovery all the more important.
Young, better known around the league as “Swaggy P” averaged over 17 points per game as an offensive star for the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers last year. Even with Bryant back in the saddle this year, Young was supposed to be a key part in L.A.’s bid to take the leap from cellar dweller to potential playoff team.
It appears Lakers fans will have to wait to see how Young and Bryant co-exist as Young rests his thumb.
With no Young to start the first month of the season, the Lakers will likely turn to 2014 NBA Draft pick, rookie Jordan Clarkson to try to make an impact. Clarkson has drawn rave reviews for his stellar play in the NBA summer league, while Kobe Bryant labeled him the “steal of the draft”.
It remains to be seen if Clarkson is indeed as good as he looked during the summer, but with Young out, he’ll certainly get a chance to prove that’s the case. In addition, the Lakers could shift Bryant to small forward at times and use Wayne Ellington or Jeremy Lin more at the two spot until Young returns.
It’s a bigger injury that some may think, especially for a Lakers team that already appears under-manned and may depend quite heavily on their young talent developing quickly.
As they stand, this new version of the Lake Show looks to be on the fringe of the playoffs – if that. Naturally, it likely all falls on the shoulders of a 36-year old Kobe Bryant who lasted just six games a year ago. That may not be enough to stave off the other fringe teams in the competitive Western Conference.
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