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“It’s not about me or anything else but you getting better as a basketball player and to help you and help us as a basketball team,” Scott said after Wednesday morning’s shootaround at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “I have no agenda. I tell that to all my guys that ask me after the season and that don’t ask me. I say, ‘This is what you need to work on to get better as a basketball player coming into the next year.’ Nick is no exception.” Yet, Young became an exception. Two weeks ago, Young had scoffed at Scott’s critiques by telling Los Angeles News Group that he takes them “with a grain of salt” and that he considered them “a little unfair.” Young sang a different tune to reporters after his exit meetings on Tuesday. Young said “me and coach are cool” and that “we’re on the same page.” Young then added, “I take that as he wants me to get better.” “What he called at that particular time criticism is coaching. I told him the same thing yesterday,” Scott said. “There are certain things you have to get better at on both ends of the floor. You do those things, there’s a great chance you’ll be able to do the things that you are accustomed to doing. If you don’t, it’ll be hard for you to get on the floor with me. That’s what I demand.” Los Angeles Daily News

Guard Jeremy Lin hasn't ruled out a return to the Los Angeles Lakers next season despite his up-and-down first season with the club. Lin, Nick Young and other injured Lakers spoke about their future Tuesday. Los Angeles ends its season Wednesday at home against Sacramento. NBA.com

April 14, 2015 Updates
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Speaking of positivity, I have to ask you is there a favorite Nick Young moment for you? Ed Davis: Favorite Nick Young story… [Laughs] That’s a good one right there. Let me think about that. Give me a second…. I don’t have one off the top, but he’s a different dude. He’s a funny dude, but he’s a different dude, man. That’s one thing that I can say about him is he’s always positive. Even with everything that’s going on around him, he always came to practice everyday with a smile on his face, upbeat and never was down, no matter what. Whether he was playing good or struggling, he’s always the same. SLAM

April 7, 2015 Updates
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Lakers coach Byron Scott reiterated Saturday that Young needs to return with a more balanced game, one that includes passing and defense to supplement his high-volume shooting. With Young averaging 13.4 points per game this season on a career-low 36.6-percent shooting, Scott also threatened to reduce his minutes if the Lakers upgrade their roster this summer. “I’m used to it right now, hearing what Byron has to say,” said Young, who is in the first season of a four-year deal worth $21.5 million “I take it with a grain of salt.” Los Angeles Daily News

April 4, 2015 Updates

Nick Young will likely sit out for the rest of the season, head coach Byron Scott said at practice on Saturday. Young has missed the Lakers’ last 20 games due to a fractured left kneecap. “I haven’t even even talked to (head athletic trainer) Gary (Vitti), to be honest with you,” Scott said. “My feeling really is that, with seven games left, he probably won’t play the rest of the season. Like I said, the last report that I did get on him — which was when we were on the road — was that he really wasn’t making much progress.” NBA.com

March 29, 2015 Updates
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On Wednesday Scott and Nick Young went back and forth about Young’s new hairstyle, with Scott saying the ’do looked like Young had “a bunch of worms” on his head. Young fired back, saying, “People with no hair wouldn’t understand.” Scott used his pregame media availability to defend his shiny dome. “I’m bald by choice,” Scott said. “Can still grow hair, so that kind of blows his theory right out of the water.” Orange County Register

Pressed about his ability to grow hair, Scott said, “I keep it this way because I really don’t want to see how much gray I have up there. This summer sometime, since you guys are so curious, I’ll let it grow a little bit, and you’ll see the hairline and all that good stuff.” Orange County Register

March 19, 2015 Updates

Nick Young has a small fracture of his left kneecap, a CT scan revealed on Wednesday. Young will make a complete recovery, as it is expected that the fracture will heal itself with rest. NBA.com

March 18, 2015 Updates

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