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Nick Young Out 6-8 Weeks With Thumb Injury

Lakers guard Nick Young is out for six to eight weeks with a torn ligament in his right thumb. Young, who signed a four-year, $21.5 million deal with the Lakers this offseason injured himself while trying to steal the ball from Kobe Bryant in practice.

This is definitely tough news for the Lakers, just a week into training camp they lose one of their best players. Young led the Lakers in scoring last season averaging 17.9 points per game, he was expected to make a big leap this season, unfortunately, Swaggy P could miss the first two months of the regular season.

Via ESPN: 

Young’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, told that he expects the injury to sideline the veteran for six to eight weeks.

Young suffered the injury while guarding Kobe Bryant during practice Thursday. He underwent an MRI exam Friday that revealed the tear.

“I didn’t see it,” Lakers coach Byron Scott told reporters Friday before Young’s MRI. “He said he tried to swipe at the ball when he was guarding Kobe and his thumb got caught and it swelled up on him.”

Young, who averaged a career-high 17.9 points and 1.5 assists per game for the Lakers last season, will have surgery Monday, and the team said a more specific timeline on his return will be given at that time.

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