Despite spraining his right ankle serious enough to sit out of Thursday’s practice, Lakers forward Nick Young plans to suit up in the team’s preseason opener Saturday against the Golden State Warriors at Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena.
“It’s not 100%,” Young said. “But it’s good enough to go out there.”
It also is apparently good enough for Young to play Friday in the Lakers practice session, which coach Mike D’Antoni described as “light” because none of the drills involved any contact. Young reported first feeling pain in his right ankle on Tuesday, but still labored through it before eventually sitting out because “it was bothering me too much.”
“I’ll just manage it,” said Young, who added he received treatment on the ankle before Friday’s practice. “We’ve been going hard and having a lot of hard fouls and things happen.”
D’Antoni plans to start Young at shooting guard in place of Kobe Bryant, who’s in Germany undergoing a procedure on his right knee while still rehabbing his left Achilles tendon. Young also has been competing for minutes for the small forward spot, which initially will go to Wesley Johnson.
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