Los Angeles Lakers swingman Nick Young to have surgery on injured thumb

October 4, 2014

Nick Young / Photo: NBA Media

Injuries were expected to hit the Los Angeles Lakers' aging guard corps this year, but surprisingly the team's first casualty of the 2014-2015 season was not elder statesmen Kobe Bryant or Steve Nash, but rather Nick Young, who injured his right thumb in practice this week.  The team has yet to play its first preseason game.

Young underwent an MRI exam Friday, and the results showed that he has a complete tear of the radial collateral ligament.  Other outlets have reported that he may be out as long as six to eight weeks.

In a press release, the Lakers announced that "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."

Young had recently signed a four-year deal with the Lakers, and was expected to provide scoring off the bench for new head coach Byron Scott.

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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