Last season, the Los Angeles Lakers had players miss 319 games due to injury which was one of the highest totals since the statistic has been recorded spanning over 30 plus years. On Friday the Lakers got news with which they are very familiar.
Nick Young has a torn ligament in his right thumb and will miss about eight weeks, The Times has learned. Bad start for the Lakers.
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) October 4, 2014
The injury to Young’s thumb was sustained when attempting to steal the ball from Kobe Bryant during a scrimmage. An MRI on Friday revealed a tear of the ligament. Young is scheduled to have surgery on Monday.
The timing of Young’s injury is somewhat fortunate having occurred at the start of training camp which will mitigate the amount of games missed in the regular season which starts in about 4 weeks.
If Nick Young's agent initial estimate is correct, Young is out for all 8 preseason games and first 10-17 regular season games
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) October 4, 2014
The candidates to fill the back up small forward spot and scorer off the bench that Young held are Wayne Ellington, Jordan Clarkson and Xavier Henry who is fighting to recover from the wrist and knee injuries that kept him out of 39 games last season. Henry is yet to participate in practice during training camp.
The Lakers will play their first preseason game on Monday, October 6 against the Denver Nuggets in San Diego, CA.