Nick Young has missed the past 20 games nursing a fractured left knee, and it isn’t getting any better, so it looks like the Lakers are prepared to shut him down for the remainder of the schedule. That’s according to Lakers head coach Byron Scott. From the Lakers on Twitter:
Byron Scott says that Nick Young will likely be out for the remainder of the season.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 4, 2015
And more details, from Baxter Holmes of ESPN.com:
“My feeling really is that, with seven games left, he probably won’t play the rest of the season,” Scott said. “Like I said, the last report that I did get on him — which was when we were on the road — was that he really wasn’t making much progress.”
Young missed the first 10 games of the season due to a torn ligament in his thumb, then later missed three games because of a sprained ankle. He also entered a deep shooting slump midway through the season. Since Jan. 1, he has shot 32.2 percent from the field and 28.6 percent on 3-point attempts.
Scott hasn’t been shy about criticizing Young, who averaged 13.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 23.8 minutes over 42 games this season.
“I don’t see a problem there with Nick and I, it’s just a matter of him getting healthy No. 1 and understanding that going into next year his priorities have to be a little different,” Scott said.