Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott has insisted that Nick Young is not having a good year, and he will be the first to admit it.
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Young had a team-high 17.9 points on 44 percent shooting last season, but his numbers have fallen this year as he continues to struggle with injuries and form.
With the Lakers enduring another dismal season, it had been hoped that the eight-year veteran would be able to provide them with a spark, but it hasn’t quite worked to plan thus far.
Kobe Bryant suffered another season-ending injury earlier this year, and ultimately it has left the Lakers short-handed as they battle to avoid finishing bottom of the Western Conference.
“He’s not having a good year,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Young, according to Los Angeles Daily News.
“He’d be the first to admit that this hasn’t been the year he expected.
“He has to do a better job moving without the ball. It can’t be catch, then 18 dribbles and then he gets a shot. When he does it that way, there’s one of two things. It’s a home run or a strikeout.”
Young has missed six straight games due to his soreness in his left knee, and so he will be eager to recover and return to the line-up in order to finish the season strong.
The Lakers are currently 16-45 for the year, and with president Jeanie Buss promising fans that they will return to being competitive sooner rather than later, Young will hope to be a part of that moving forward.
The 29-year-old was also criticised by Scott and Bryant for his part in the celebrations after the win over the Boston Celtics last month.
Neither the coach nor the Lakers veteran were impressed with Young, Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer video-bombing Jeremy Lin’s post-game interview, but it isn’t the first time his jovial character has gotten him into trouble.