It’s far too early to tell whether the Lakers can avoid repeating an injury plagued season. But the Lakers are still experiencing a few injury bugs during the first week of training camp.
The latest involved Lakers forward Nick Young, who sprained his right thumb during Thursday’s practice. The practice was not to open to the media when Young’s injury happened, but the Lakers say the incident occurred when Young unsuccessfully tried to steal the ball from Kobe Bryant. Young soon left the practice court to receive an MRI.
Both Young and Bryant have playfully exchanged barbs in recent practice, and those who witnessed the injury say both players playfully talked trash both before and after the injury.
Young averaged a career-high 17.8 points last season and will likely play as a reserve. Lakers coach Byron Scott said following Thursday’s practice that he believes Young could win the NBA’s 6th man of the year award.
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