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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Lakers Injury Update: Nick Young to have surgery on torn ligament in his thumb

By on 10/04/2014 11:15:00 AM

In some bad news for the Los Angeles Lakers, recently signed Nick Young will require surgery on a torn ligament in his thumb.

If you can believe it, as reported by Arash Markazi of, apparently Young injured his thumb during practice on Thursday and by Friday he was scheduled for an MRI.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, and Shaqtin' A Fool for that matter, “Swaggy P” will be out of commission for the next six to eight weeks. After posting career high 17.9 PTS and 1.5 AST, Young really stepped up his game last year. Which is exactly why the Lakers offered and signed Young a 4-year, 21.5 million dollar contract in the offseason. Looking back on his career, when Young plays for roughly 30 minutes a game he is capable of averaging stat lines like he did last year. Take a look at his 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons while in Washington - they’re basically the same. To me what this means is that when Nick Young plays he scores buckets. The more he plays the more buckets he scores. He’s an ideal candidate for the bench and Lakers sixth man if you ask me.

As for the Lakers, Kobe is back, Nash is back, and no offence to Young but having two future Hall of Fame players returning trumps everything else. I for one am excited to see the Black Mamba back in action, or whatever he is calling himself nowadays. Kobe, once retired, will go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game. At age 37 and likely only 2 years remaining before he calls it quits, I want to see him on the floor playing basketball as much as I can.

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