Nick Young made his return to the court on Sunday night, though it seems that he’s still not fully healed from his left knee injury.
According to Mark Medina from the L.A. Daily News, Young is still feeling pain in his knee and opted to not undergo an MRI examination due to fearing what the results might be.
“I’d rather not know it,” Young said when explaining why he skipped the MRI exam. “I told the Doc I was ready.”
Young says he believes the pain is just from swelling and there’s no additional damage, though that’s quite a big risk to take as a player.
There’s a reason for Young’s expedited return, though. Sure, he loves the game of basketball and the Lakers, though Swaggy P likely plans to opt-out of his contract this summer in search of a more lucrative deal. That’s why he signed with the Lakers on the cheap in the first place: He came here to showcase his game and earn a multi-year deal either in L.A. or elsewhere.
Young also wanted to return now in order to retain his spot within the rotation.
“You see players out there, you don’t want to be lost in the shuffle,” Young said. “I wanted to get back.”
With Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks arriving in the Steve Blake trade earlier this week, and seeing as Xavier Henry is set to return soon, Young seemingly feared that he’d lose minutes if he was the last player to return.
Mike D’Antoni is definitely faced with a tough task of finding enough minutes for everyone right now. Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre have already fallen out of the rotation due to the emergence of Chris Kaman and Bazemore.
However, the Lakers are in the middle of a rebuilding year and have a lot of players who they’d like to get a look at before the offseason rolls around. For that reason, a lot of guys will see reduced minutes or no playing time at all for a good few games.
It was great to see Young return last night. Let’s just hope that he doesn’t end up re-injuring himself due to returning too soon.