Former USC Trojans shooting guard Nick Young will likely miss six to eight weeks after suffering a right thumb injury in a practice with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.
Here's the Lakers' press release:
Lakers guard Nick Young, who injured his right thumb yesterday in practice, underwent an MRI exam today. Results of the MRI showed that Young has a complete tear of the radial collateral ligament.
Dr. Steven Shin of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic will perform surgery on Young’s thumb on Monday, and an estimate for Young’s return will be given at that time.
Nick Young, a first round draft pick in 2007, was looking to build on a strong 2013-14 campaign. He posted a career-high 17.9 points and 1.5 assists per game for a Kobe-less Lakers squad that finished a woeful 27-55.
Torn thumb ligaments normally take 6-8 weeks of recovery time, but complicating matters for Young is that the injury is to his shooting hand. Luckily for Swaggy P, he'll have pop star/rapper Iggy Azalea at home to take care of him in the meantime.