While Nick Young’s thumb injury sucks because it means he’ll miss around 8 weeks of action, there are still a couple silver linings to be had from the situation.
One is that Young will likely come back with a stronger left hand – he’s already been working on his handles with the left now that his right is temporarily out of use – and the other is that Swaggy P now has more free time, meaning we’ll get to see much more of him on Twitter and Instagram. That’s definitely always a good thing.
Today, Young spent some time recovering from surgery by hanging out with Jermaine Jackson. Yes, that Jermaine Jackson, which was random, but cool.
“I told y’all I’m apart of the Jackson’s,” Young wrote in the caption. “Hangin with my big bro Jermaine.”
Then, Young decided to finally address ESPN’s rank from last week when they rated the 29-year-old as the 150th-best player in the league, behind the likes of Corey Brewer (143), Shawn Marion (136) and J.R. Smith (123). Even Young’s rookie teammate, Julius Randle, was ranked higher at 149.
Here was Swaggy’s awesome reaction:
I have to agree with the L.A. native here. I think Young is much more valuable to an NBA team than a number of guys listed above him, and I’m glad the Lakers have Swaggy on their side rather than a higher-ranked player such as Smith.
Still, ESPN’s NBA rank is always a fun conversation as the season begins to draw closer, and Young will likely use his ranking as motivation to come back strong from this injury with the Sixth Man of the Year award in his sights.