The acronym that best describes Nick Young no longer involves his self-given nickname, “IDM,’ standing for “I Don’t Miss.”
Instead, that involves “MRI,” which Young is having on Tuesday after spraining his right ankle during Monday’s practice. It appears unlikely Young will play when the Lakers (12-33) play the Washington Wizards (30-15) on Tuesday at Staples Center. But the Lakers will provide an official evaluation on Young’s moderately sprained ankle once his MRI results are available.
Young’s likely absence will fuel his frustration over playing against the Wizards where he played in his first 5 1/2 NBA seasons from 2007-2012 before he was traded to the Clippers. Young said this season he “hates” the Wizards, though that lately seems to involve the least of his worries.
Young played only nine minutes and sat out the entire second half of the Lakers’ loss on Sunday to the Houston Rockets because coach Byron Scott did not like his body language and effort. Young has also shot 32.2 percent through 13 games in January.