Lakers will not punish Nick Young for fireworks incident
Lakers guard Nick Young was lucky to emerge from the July 4th holiday unscathed, and now it looks like he has dodged another bullet.
According to a report by Mark Medina of the LA Daily News on Wednesday, Young will not face discipline from the Lakers for his fireworks incident over the holiday weekend.
At a Fourth of July party on Monday, Young foolishly picked up a live explosive which then went off in his hand (video here). Fortunately, he managed to escape any injury.
“You would hope that things like that don’t happen,” Lakers head coach Luke Walton was quoted as saying after summer league practice on Tuesday. “Professional athletes kind of need their hands. But I’m glad he’s okay.”
The 31-year-old Young is extremely lucky that the situation played out like it did, but this may be the point where his luck runs out. Medina also reports that the Lakers are likely to buy out the remaining two years on Young’s $11 million deal if they cannot find a trade partner for him. It definitely looks like Swaggy P, thanks to his selfish play on the court and his knack for making headlines for all the wrong reasons off it, has long worn out his welcome in Los Angeles.