Los Angeles Lakers swingman Nick Young was fined $1,500 Tuesday night by head coach Byron Scott for showing up late to a game against the visiting Denver Nuggets.
This isn’t Swaggy P’s first tardiness infraction this season according to Scott.
Young is shooting a horrid 32% from the field this month for the (13-39) Lakers; he scored 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting in the 106-96 loss to Denver.
Per the LA Daily News:
Back when he led the Lakers in scoring and his infectious personality became a bright spot in an otherwise dour season, Nick Young confidently sported black sunglasses in the locker room. A Lakers official warned him to take off his glasses to prevent the NBA from fining him for breaking the league’s mandated dress code during post-game interviews. […] “Swaggy P don’t get fined,” Young said with laughter.
But a year after saying those words, Young has gotten fined. Plenty of times. He already has sparked $2,000 NBA-imposed fines each of his five technical fouls he accumulated through this season. Lakers coach Byron Scott also will fine Young around $1,500 for arriving to Staples Center about 68 minutes before tipoff of the Lakers’ eventual 106-96 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at Staples Center.
“He was late,” Scott said afterwards. “Simple as that.” […] Young looked upset and sounded annoyed when Scott called him out during a pre-game interview with several reporters that entailed touching on the trivial (a dolphin apparently nearly killed Young) and the significant (Young invited 60 kids to the game as part of Brotherhood Crusade).