Los Angeles Lakers star Nick Young has admitted that he finds the constant criticism from coach Byron Scott targeting him a little unfair.
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Scott hasn’t been shy in directing criticism at his star guard this season, whether it relates to his play on the court or his choice of hairstyle, Young has certainly been in the firing line more than once this year.
The 29-year-old has missed a significant period of the year through injury and is unlikely to return again before the regular season ends as the Lakers have endured another miserable campaign.
“I’m used to it right now, hearing what Byron has to say. I take it with a grain of salt,” Young said, according to Los Angeles Daily News.
“Nah. I don’t know. I feel like it’s just a target toward me. It’s a little unfair. But it’s cool,” he added when asked if he sees it as valuable feedback.
It is unclear as to what Scott believes he is achieving by taking that approach with ‘Swaggy P’, but it isn’t perhaps having the desired effect given that Young isn’t fired up by it.
The Lakers have lost a franchise-worst 56 games this season to sit at 20-56 for the year, and they continue to fight to avoid finishing bottom of the Western Conference standings.
However, they will be looking ahead to both the Draft and free agency this summer as a way of rebuilding the roster, with Kobe Bryant set for his final year in the league next season.
It remains to be seen what role Young has on the team next year as it is likely that competition will increase in the back-court. Scott will be hoping for a positive reaction when he returns to full health, but there are no guarantees that the Lakers will be getting the best out of him on a consistent basis.