ORLANDO — So much for that infectious smile.
Lately, Lakers forward Nick Young has provided several of other facial expressions on the court, and it’s cost him.
Young picked up his fourth technical foul in the past five games during the Lakers’ 114-105 loss Friday to the Orlando Magic at Amway Center, bouncing the ball with 30.8 seconds left in the third quarter after receiving a no-call on a drive to the basket.
Two of those technicals stem from Young’s ejection last week in Phoenix where he was swarmed by numerous defenders.
“It’s tough. I’ve been frustrated,” said Young after posting 16 points on only 6-of-16 shooting. “It’s everything going around. I’m also fighting for that respect factor too and playing with passion.”
Young is nowhere near the NBA-maximum 16 technical fouls that yield an automatic suspension. But he has already forfeited $14,634 in player salary for a one-game suspension, $8,000 in technicals, and $2,000 for an ejection. Young makes about $1.1 million this season and has a player option next season worth $1.2 million.
“It’s tough losing to teams. We’re better than that,” Young said. “It hurts. I came here saying I’m about to retire today.”
Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni blamed Young’s latest technical foul on frustration and fatigue, while Pau Gasol suggested Young will have to remain positive.
“The more positive and active we get on the floor, the better off we’ll be,” Gasol said. “People are frustrated and down on themselves. It carries and drags people around them.”
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