Friday, October 3, 2014

Nick Young suffers torn ligament in thumb trying to steal the ball from Kobe

The benefits of Kobe Bryant being back to full strength and challenging his young teammates in a practice setting could be huge for the Lakers as the season progresses. Bryant’s experience, along with his trash talk could potentially bring out the best in everyone, while motivating guys to perform if for no other reason than to prevent being embarrassed.

Things can get out of control if allowed to go too far, however, and we may have a small example of that which came out of Friday’s practice.

From Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:
The latest [injury] involved Lakers forward Nick Young, who sprained his right thumb during Friday’s practice. The practice was not to open to the media when Young’s injury happened, but the Lakers say the incident occurred when Young unsuccessfully tried to steal the ball from Kobe Bryant. Young soon left the practice court to receive an MRI.
Both Young and Bryant have playfully exchanged barbs in recent practice, and those who witnessed the injury say both players playfully talked trash both before and after the injury.
Results of that MRI have just come back

Lakers head coach Byron Scott piled on a bit after the injury occurred, blaming Young for exhibiting a lack of fundamentals.

From Bill Oram of the Orange County Register:
Nick Young injured thumb while defending Kobe. Byron Scott told Nick, “If you would have moved your feet you wouldn’t have hurt your hand.”

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