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Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott has revealed that he decided to bench Nick Young against the Houston Rockets on Saturday night due to his attitude.
Young didn’t return to the game in the second half after he struggled in the opening two periods, and Scott revealed that a discussion at the break helped him make his mind up about Young’s status in the game.
The reserve guard was also a no-show with the reporters after the 99-87 loss as he went scoreless for the first time for the Lakers in eight minutes on the court.
It was also his fewest minutes in a game for the franchise, and Scott revealed that he wasn’t happy with his attitude at half time which forced him into making the decision.
“It looked to me that he didn’t want to be here,” Scott said.
“At halftime, we showed stuff on the tape where he was guarding [Houston swingman Corey] Brewer in the corner. I asked [Young], ‘What were you thinking on his play?’ The answer he gave me, I couldn’t figure it out. So I just felt with his body language that he didn’t want to play tonight, so I chose not to play him.”
The Lakers are scheduled to practice on Monday and it remains to be seen whether or not ‘Swaggy P’ will be available for comment and whether or not he will be willing to address the situation that arose during Sunday’s game.
Meanwhile, the Lakers are also expecting a decision from Kobe Bryant on Monday with regards to whether or not he will undergo surgery on his shoulder after suffering a torn rotator cuff.
The surgery will end his season but it will possibly resolve the issue ahead of the veteran’s last year in the league next season.