Lakers’ Nick Young out against Memphis with swollen left knee

Lakers' Nick Young uses his fingers to indicate 3 points after he made a clutch 3 point play late in the fourth period against the Magic at Staples Center Sunday, March 23, 2014.  Laker defeated the Orlando Magic 103-94. (Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News)

Lakers’ Nick Young uses his fingers to indicate 3 points after he made a clutch 3 point play late in the fourth period against the Magic at Staples Center Sunday, March 23, 2014. Laker defeated the Orlando Magic 103-94. (Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News)

Memphis, Tenn. — Nick Young will miss his fifth consecutive game when the Lakers (16-44) visit the Memphis Grizzlies (43-17) tonight at FedEx Forum because of continued swelling in his left knee.

Young did not participate in Friday’s morning shootaround and Lakers coach Byron Scott said he is currently unsure if he will schedule practice for Saturday. But Scott said he hopes Young could squeeze in a workout regardless of the Lakers’ practice and then return for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center.

The Lakers have gone 2-3 in Young’s absence, though it’s hard to really pinpoint anything regarding the team’ss victories and losses on their eccentric forward considering the team’s season-long struggles. Young has averaged 13.4 points albeit on a career-low 36.6 percent shooting. His numbers have been worse in January (13.2 points on a 32.2 percent mark) and February (9.9 points on a 32.4 percent clip).

“Either you are having a good year or you’re not. He’s not. He’s not having a good year,” Scott said. “He’d be the first to admit that he hasn’t been the year he expected.”
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Miami’s Dwyane Wade on Kobe Bryant: “Never count him out”

The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant gets shakes hands with Dwyane Wade after their game at the Staples Center December 25, 2013. The Heat beat the Lakers 101-95. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant gets shakes hands with Dwyane Wade after their game at the Staples Center December 25, 2013. The Heat beat the Lakers 101-95. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade can literally feel Kobe Bryant’s pain.

The Lakers’ star has spent the past month rehabbing a surgically repaired right shoulder, a process the team estimated will last around nine months. Bryant, of course, has experienced this monotonous trek before, rehabbing for eight months to heal a left Achilles tendon he tore on April, 2013 only to play six games before suffering a season-ending left knee injury.

Wade has traveled that path, too. He missed a combined 16 games this season because of left hamstring issues. Wade also sat out 28 games in the 2013-14 season as the Heat tried to reduce wear on his knees.

“Sometimes you have to get lucky,” Wade said after the Lakers’ 100-94 loss to the Heat on Wednesday at American Airlines Arena. “If you don’t, you have to find ways to get back on the basketball court and be successful. You have to work your tail off. Obviously Kobe is that guy. Everyone knows that. I’m that guy. You just have to if you want to be successful in this league.”

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“Kobe has found ways to be effective after so many years in the league,” Wade said. “So never count him out in bouncing back next year and doing it all over again.”
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Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson both confident and self critical after 104-103 loss to Charlotte

Charlotte, N.C. — The shot released from his finger tips, a moment that could have captured Jordan Clarkson’s growth spurt from an untested rookie to a proven starting point guard.

Clarkson expressed confidence the ball would go into the basket once the ball left his hands. But his 26-foot three-point attempt fell short moments later, a shot that could have kept the Lakers within striking distance. As soon as Clarkson ran on the other side of the court to get back on defense, Lakers Byron Scott shouted some encouraging words.

“I told him, ‘It was a great shot,” Scott recalled. “‘It was a great look. You’re going to get another one.’”

It did not take long for that to happen. After slicing through Charlotte’s defense for a layup, Clarkson found another open look on the next possession from beyond the perimeter. But just like his last shot from behind the arc, Clarkson’s 25-foot jumper that could have tied the game with 1:19 remaining rimmed out.

Son once the Lakers’ 104-103 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Arena became official, Clarkson reporting feeling equally determined and self critical despite posting 19 points on a 9-of-19 clip and four assists in 33 minutes.

“I try to wash it out and try to forget about it,” Clarkson said. “But I hate losing so when you miss shots like that, all I’m thinking is, ‘Dang.’ I just have to come back and still keep shooting. When I get an opportunity, hopefully I’ll make it.”
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Lakers’ Carlos Boozer downplays sitting out in fourth quarter of Lakers’ 104-103 loss to Charlotte

Head coach Byron Scott of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to Carlos Boozer #5 during their game against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on November 1, 2014 in Oakland, California. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Head coach Byron Scott of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to Carlos Boozer #5 during their game against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on November 1, 2014 in Oakland, California. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Charlotte, N.C. — The smile still looked vibrant. His enthusiasm still seemed infectious.

Lakers veteran forward Carlos Boozer sat out the entire fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 104-103 loss to the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena. Though Boozer admitted afterwards, “I’m always ready to go back out,” he hardly questioned Byron Scott’s decision not to play him in crunch time.

“I’m trying to teach the guys how to win,” said Boozer, who posted 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 11 rebounds. “If I see things out there, I’ll let them know what I see and hope they see it for themselves, too. I try to keep guys in good spirits. It’s been a tough year for us, but we’re fighting through it together.”

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Lakers’ Byron Scott offers sympathy for Brian Shaw after Denver’s firing

Lakers coach Byron Scott during their game against the Spurs at the Staples Center Friday, November 14, 2014(Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)"

Lakers coach Byron Scott during their game against the Spurs at the Staples Center Friday, November 14, 2014(Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)”

Charlotte, N.C. — The news left Byron Scott shaking his head.

The Denver Nuggets fired Brian Shaw following a 56-85 record through 1 1/2 seasons, leaving Scott with the familiar and uncomfortable feeling on what it’s like to receive the axe. After all, Scott received that fate in stints with the former New Jersey Nets (2000-04), former New Orleans Hornets (2004-09) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2010-13), leaving the Lakers’ coach with plenty of perspective on an industry that lacks much job security.

“The biggest challenge is to get ownership and management to understand that it takes time,” Scott said. “You have to get the type of guys in there that fit your system. It doesn’t happen in a year, year and a half.”
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Lakers to apply for hardship exception

Charlotte, N.C. — The Lakers will apply for a hardship exception after Ronnie Price missed the past four games because of a season-ending injury to his right elbow.

Assuming the NBA grants the Lakers the exception, they could add a 16th player to their roster because the Lakers already have season-long absences to Kobe Bryant (right shoulder), Steve Nash (back), Julius Randle (right knee) and Xavier Henry (left Achilles). The Lakers (16-42) could look to their own Development League affiliate, the D-fenders, or the general free agent pool. But the Lakers are unlikely to add any players to their team, according to an NBA source familiar with the Lakers’ front office’s thinking.

The Lakers were previously given a hardship exception when Ryan Kelly sat out because of hamstring injuries, but they declined to use the tool. The Lakers also have disabled player exceptions for Nash ($4.9 million) and Randle ($1.5 million), but it seems unlikely they would use those exceptions before they expire on March 10.

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Lakers’ Nick Young continues trash talking ESPN anchor Robert Flores

Charlotte, N.C. — What he hoped would turn out into a romantic February has suddenly turned into a tumultuous month.

Nick Young’s frustrations have gone beyond sitting out of the Lakers’ game on Tuesday against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena, his fourth consecutive contest because of a swollen left knee. Or Young’s 9.9 points per game average on 32.4 percent shooting through nine games in February. The Lakers’ eccentric forward also had a verbal back and forth with ESPN anchor Robert Flores after he made a joke at the expense of Young’s girlfriend, the Australian hip hop artist Iggy Azalea.

“We learned that, according to the Lakers’ Nick Young, a dolphin recently tried to kill him,” Flores said on ESPN. “So, Nick, while dolphins are trying to kill you, your girlfriend is trying to kill hip-hop. Let’s call it even, okay?”

Young responded to Flores via Twitter in what he described as “Kanye mode,” a playful reference to rapper Kanye West hardly shying away from giving his opinion. Young wrote, “I’m pretty sure we going to run into each other soon.” Young then added, “your [sic] job is to talk about sports, not what me and my chick got going on.” Young joked on Tuesday, “I might pour some water or Gatorade on him like we won the championship.”
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Lakers’ Nick Young expects to return Sunday vs. Dallas

Portland Trail Blazers' Steve Blake (25) defends against Los Angeles Lakers' Nick Young (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday Feb. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

Portland Trail Blazers’ Steve Blake (25) defends against Los Angeles Lakers’ Nick Young (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday Feb. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

Charlotte, NC. — Although he said the swelling in his left knee is “coming along,” Nick Young does not believe he will return until Sunday when the Lakers (16-41) host the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center.

“There’s still swelling in there,” said Young, whose absence for Tuesday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets (24-33) at Time Warner Cable Arena will mark his fourth consecutive game he missed. “They don’t want me to play on it or more swelling will come.”
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Lakers’ Nick Young considered a game-time decision vs. Charlotte

"The Lakers’ Nick Young #0 drives to the hoop as the Magic’s Nikola Vucevic #9 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center Friday, January 9, 2015.  (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)"

”The Lakers’ Nick Young #0 drives to the hoop as the Magic’s Nikola Vucevic #9 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center Friday, January 9, 2015. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)”

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Lakers coach Byron Scott considers forward Nick Young a game-time decision for Tuesday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets (24-33) at Time Warner Cable Arena after missing the past three contests because of swelling in his left knee.

Young did not participate in the Lakers’ morning shootaround, but Scott still held out hope his knee could improve enough to play against the Hornets. Scott will keep the same starting lineup that he has featured for four consecutive games, including Jordan Clarkson (point guard), Wayne Ellington (shooting guard), Ryan Kelly (small forward), Carlos Boozer (power forward) and Robert Sacre (center).
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Lakers’ Jeremy Lin visits with homeless during All-Star break

The time away from everything gave Jeremy Lin a renewed sense of purpose.

The Lakers’ guard spent part of the recent All-Star break traveling to upstate New York to visit family members. He then continued his workouts where he could regain strength after laboring through a stomach issue that limited his energy. But Lin also found inspiration when he and a group of friends visited with a group of homeless people in Los Angeles, sharing stories, food and time with an otherwise marginalized group.

“A big misconception about celebrities, athletes and entertainers is that we have it all together. “Another big misconception about homelessness or homeless people is they have nothing together.” ” Lin said in the video. “There’s a lot of assumptions about homeless people. It must be drugs. It must be alcohol. It must be some crime. But a lot of it oftentimes is things outside their control.”

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