PHILADELPHIA – It turns out Nick Young shares some similarities with Justin Bieber that goes beyond eclectic fashion choices and soaking in the Hollywood spotlight.
Frustrated that Cleveland forward C.J. Miles fouled him on a play Wednesday that caused a left knee injury that will sideline him for two weeks, Young vowed payback through a same form that caused Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies to seek a felony charge on Bieber.
“We need to go fine CJ Miles or do something to him,” said Young, who will sit out when the Lakers (17-32) visit the Philadelphia 76ers (15-35) here at Wells Fargo Center. “We got to throw some eggs or throw something at his house.”
Young is going to egg Miles’ house?
“Yeah, I got to do something,” Young said. “He’s got to feel my pain.”
Hard to equally measure the pain of cleaning up middle school vandalism compared to the pain of nursing a non-displaced fracture and a bone bruise in a left knee. But before Young could further detail his prank, he was informed about Bieber’s situation.
Young laughed before trying to delegate the prank to a reporter.
Safe to say Young feels frustrated knowing he will miss at least next six games because of his injury.
“When I got my MRI, I didn’t think I would be out for two weeks,” Young said. “It’s tough. I wanted to be out here tonight.”
The Lakers feel the same way. They enter tonight’s game against the Sixers fielding plenty of injuries to Kobe Bryant (fractured left knee), Pau Gasol (strained right groin), Xavier Henry (bone bruise in right knee), Jordan Farmar (concerns with left hamstring. Steve Blake also remains a game-time decision because of a right thigh contusion. Young also has ranked second in team scoring, averaging 16.9 points on 41.9 percent shooting. In the past seven games, however, Young has shot below 50 percent.
“It’s just weird. It’s just a weird play and just weird stuff,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “It’s kind of not fazing anybody now, but you hate it for him. He was in a little bit of a slump and trying to get out of it, but he’ll be back in a couple weeks, it seems that way. I hope so. But we’ll have to buck up.”
That’s because Young would’ve faced his former team. He played one season with the Sixers where he averaged 10.6 points on 41.3 percent shooting and only 1.4 assists in 23.9 minutes per game through 59 contests. Young’s 23-game absence entailed a toe injury (four games), ankle injury (seven games) and the dreaded “DNP” (12 games).
Young missed 23 games — four because of a toe injury and seven more because of an ankle issue. And the other 12 games? Those were DNP-CDs
“Philly was good. It had its ups and downs,” Young said. “I wish I would’ve played more last year. But the city and how they embraced hte Swaggy P movement, I didn’t think it would be good. But they enjoyed it.”
Young is still trying to enjoy the latest trip, buying himself a new suit from King of Prussia to wear at tonight’s game from the bench.
He also expressed confidence his timetable won’t go beyond two weeks, though the Lakers won’t know until they reevaluate him at that point. Young also plans to rest before beginning rehab when the Lakers return to Los Angeles on Saturday.
As to whether Young would actually egg Miles’ house?
Said Young: “It might happen in the offseason.”
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