HoopsHype Nick Young rumors

December 23, 2014 Updates
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Young surprisingly did not draw an NBA-imposed suspension despite shoving his right forearm to the throat of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams in Friday’s game. Young was soon called for a flagrant foul 2 and ejected. “I’m a nice guy, man,” Young boasted before playing in the Lakers’ 108-101 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday at Sleep Train Arena. “‘Swaggy P’ don’t get fined!” Los Angeles Daily News

“I don’t try to get into what the league thinks,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “I just knew that when I didn’t hear anything today that it was good news. Normally, you don’t hear the league calling you and saying, ‘He’s not suspended.’ I didn’t think it was enough to warrant a suspension. But I also understand the rules about above the shoulders.” Los Angeles Daily News

Young has whispered in recent days about participating the NBA’s 3-point shooting contest. After shooting 4 of 9 from the perimeter against the Kings, Young basically roared by boasting “I’m the best 3-point shooter in the league.” Los Angeles Daily News

December 21, 2014 Updates

Nick Young doesn't know where he stands with the NBA. He's probably suspended for a game even though nothing was announced Saturday. He definitely knows where he stands with his coach. "Yeah, I talked to him," Byron Scott said. How did that go? "Ask him." But Young declined to talk to reporters Saturday. "I gave him some words and told him if it happens again what would happen to him. So hopefully it'll never happen again," Scott said. Los Angeles Times

The league didn't like it and neither did Young, who called out teammates afterward, saying he was fighting "one on five" and wondering why he had no backup. That one-game absence cost Young about $10,000 in salary but a suspension this time would set him back $45,400 because he received a significant raise after re-signing with the Lakers last July. Young is averaging 14.9 points, second-highest on the team. He would sit out Sunday's game against the Sacramento Kings. Los Angeles Times

December 20, 2014 Updates

Young called Thunder forward Steven Adams a “sneaky, dirty player” that let to an on-court altercation and an eventual ejection in the Lakers’ 104-103 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Staples Center. Young argued he “most definitely” did not deserve the ejection, an automatic ruling after being handed a flagrant foul type 2 with 11:24 remaining in the game. “I feel bad about getting ejected,” Young said. “But I play with the heart on my sleeves and it shows out there.” Los Angeles Daily News

The question in play first started when Adams set a hard screen on Young. Tired of Adam throwing what he called “little hits” that included sticking out his knee during screens, Young shoved his forearm into Adam’s throat before officials soon separated them. Lakers center Robert Sacre and forward Carlos Boozer soon intervened, too. “At the time, he had my arm caught up,” Young said. “That’s all I had with my right hand. You didn’t see all that. He knows all the tricks and trades. But if you look carefully, he had my whole left arm locked in for the whole play.” Los Angeles Daily News

"I got caught up in the moment, but Adams is a sneaky, dirty player," Young said. "He started talking to me the whole game, but I didn't think I was going to get ejected. I lost my mind a little bit, checked into the crazy house." Said Scott: "Nick definitely overreacted, and he's too valuable for us to overreact and get kicked out of a game like that." Los Angeles Times

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