Los Angeles Lakers swingman Nick Young unleashed some frustration when he called the team a “circus” after the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Lakers for their first win of the season on Tuesday. Young hasn’t played since, and it looks like it may be a few more games before he sees the court again, according to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes.
Lakers head coach Byron Scott tried to reiterate Sunday that Young hasn’t been benched for disciplinary reasons, insisting that he’s just “trying something new.” Scott also said he’s talked to Young about the situation and that there’s an understanding between them.
Of course, not much has actually changed with the Lakers. Kobe Bryant is still doing his thing on his farewell tour. Youngsters continue to get benched during crunch time. Metta World Peace keeps getting significant minutes despite not being all that effective.
Young has played relatively well this season thanks to his 40.7 percent mark from deep, so it’s weird to go away from one of your better long-range shooters despite him being healthy, especially when they could be showing him off for trade purposes.
As insistent as Scott is that this isn’t a disciplinary benching, the situation is rather fishy given how little has changed. At least it looks like little has changed. Just another chapter in the weird saga of the 2015-16 Lakers.
UPDATE: Young played four minutes in the first half against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, so who the heck knows what’s going on.
UPDATE 2: Young was ejected for throwing a forearm at Anthony Tolliver in the second half:
So, this just happened. Nick Young ejected. pic.twitter.com/qjdHDFznPF
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