The Lakers had hoped the fireworks would blow up anytime after Nick Young went on a scoring outburst.
But after spending the past two seasons launching plenty of duds, Young set off his own fireworks with an ending that would hardly leave anyone celebrating. As first reported and shown in the video above by TMZ, Young picked up a lit firework during a party on the 4th of July holiday only for it to blow up in his face.
Young did not get hurt. The Lakers also do not plan to hurt him with any disciplinary action after putting himself in physical danger.
“You would hope that things like that don’t happen,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said after summer league practice on Tuesday at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. “Professional athletes kind of need their hands. But I’m glad he’s okay.”
Yet, the Lakers are strongly expected to buy out the remaining two years of Young’s $11 million contract if they cannot trade him. He averaged 7.3 points on a career-low 33.9 percent clip. After becoming constantly frustrated with former Lakers coach Byron Scott over public criticisms and fluctuating roles, Young could have a better working relationship with Walton. But that does not appear likely with Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell, whose secretly recorded video of Young admitting to infidelities inadvertently became public.
“I didn’t see it. Were you scared?” Russell asked a reporter who inquired about Young’s fireworks stunt. The reporter then informed Russell he was not concerned.
“I wasn’t either,” Russell said. “I didn’t see it.”