Lakers’ Nick Young hospitalized after trying to guard Kobe Bryant

Nick Young injured his thumb, but his pride remains intact.


Los Angeles Lakers guard-forward Nick Young is not in the emergency room, but after trying to defend elder statesman Kobe Bryant during an intra-squad scrimmage last Thursday, Young ended up in a gown for surgery to repair a torn radial collateral ligament in his right thumb.

Young, who signed a four-year, $21.5 million extension with the Lakers in July, will miss about eight weeks. Take a look at the pre-surgery image Young posted to his Instagram account.


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"Well he’s got to move his feet on defense," Bryant joked on NBA TV on Friday. "That’s the lesson to be learned. If you reach, you’re going to get hurt."