As if this season could not have gotten any worse, Nick Young will again be sidelined due to the fracture in his knee that he suffered about three weeks ago. The Los Angeles Lakers received the news that he would be OK to play against the Brooklyn Nets, but immediately after the game, Young said that he had still had some pain in the knee. His recovery time was pretty remarkable mainly due to the fact that Young never went for an MRI to make sure the knee fully healed.
Consequently, Swaggy P will miss at least one more additional game after missing tonight’s matchup against the Indiana Pacers. Certainly this is terrible news for both the franchise and fans as Young is one of the most exciting players on the team. He is obviously a fantastic scorer, but off the court as well, Young seems like a fun guy to be around.
This news is so upsetting since Los Angeles has been plagued by injuries all season. Yes, the team has one of the worst records in the entire NBA, however, they are exciting to watch when the team has the majority of their roster healthy. Not many teams can be enjoyable to watch when they have such an awful record, so it says a lot that the Lakers can somewhat overshadow the losing when healthy. The uplifting part of the injury, though, is that Young told the press that he wanted to play solely because he “loves the game of basketball.” His love for the game has been questioned in he past so this is definitely encouraging to hear.
Another one of the players who contributes to the excitement is Xavier Henry, who is supposedly close to returning after suffering a bone bruise and meniscus damage back in December. Again, one of the more exciting as well as shocking players for the Lakers this season, Henry is an extremely explosive player who can heat up at any moment. He really gives the fans something to cheer for, especially at home, where he seems to excel.
Anyway, hopefully once this season ends, the Lakers can retain both Young and Henry for years to come. Fans of the Lakers would love to see them on a successful, playoff-worthy team.