The Lakers concluded their fourth day of training camp today, and by far the most alarming news to come out of it was yet another injury, this time to Nick Young.
Injury Update: Nick Young suffered a sprained right thumb and will go in for an MRI today. Results tomorrow.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 3, 2014
For those wondering how he did it, or if you should ever attempt to steal the ball from Kobe Bryant, here are your answers to both:
Nick Young sprained his thumb when trying to steal the ball from Kobe, jamming it on Bryant's arm. It's Young's R shooting thumb.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 3, 2014
It appears the Mamba's venom can even strike his own teammates. This adds to the rapidly cascading injury report for the Lakers, with Ryan Kelly's hamstring and Xavier Henry still waiting to begin practicing.
Lots of fluctuation about the Nick Young thumb injury. The MRI will show whether it's just a couple of days missed, or several weeks.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 3, 2014
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
Welp. Those hoping the Lakers would have better injury luck this year appear to be out of said luck.
Aside from that dose of doom and gloom, there were some positives to come out of camp today:
Some good stuff from rookie @J30_RANDLE to close practice, including a nice lefty hook in the paint through traffic.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 3, 2014
Led by Jeremy Lin, the bench group is outplaying the starters in the final run here. Most everybody but Lin looks tired.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 3, 2014
Jeremy Lin doing what he does best, getting into the paint, for a hoop eventually finished by Ed Davis at F... https://t.co/cst2YWPD7L— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 3, 2014
Lin and Randle playing well is good news at least! And for those hoping for some good things from Jordan Clarkson this year, Mike Trudell has got you covered there as well:
Hopefully for Lakers fans, the rookie can continue to drain from distance like that when the real games start.
Were there windsprints today? It was a Byron Scott practice, so you know there were.
Finishing up practice with some sprints. #GoLakers pic.twitter.com/VWxv0lQMqj— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 3, 2014
And finally, our first Mambacopter sighting of the season. Kobe is really back guys!
Kobe's helicopter is back in business. Gotta maximize the recovery time! He's not trying to sit on the 405 today with baseball traffic!— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 3, 2014
In 18 years this has been the most challenging camp by far!! Flying home with my @drinkbodyarmor… http://t.co/oQrWu9hz5b— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) October 3, 2014
Have yourself a nice refreshing body armor in a helicopter to beat the heat, and have a good weekend everyone.