Lakers’ Nick Young to be sidelined for at least two weeks

first_img“I feel better about that,” Young said before the Lakers visited the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday at United Center. “It’s not the worst and it’s something I can come back from quicker than sitting down a whole year.”Lakers coach Luke Walton admitted he “absolutely” felt relieved. He first thought Young had an ankle injury before learning about his right Achilles tendon. That does not camouflage the reality, though, that Walton considered Young’s absence “a big blow to our team.”Lakers starting point guard D’Angelo Russell is sidelined for at least another week while rehabbing his sore left knee. Young has had a resurgent season thus far with Walton by averaging 14.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting in 26.4 minutes as a starter. And he has provided an unexpected role on defense after cementing a league-wide reputation as someone who does not play any. “We put Nick on the other team’s best player a lot this year,” Walton said. “He’s done a great job in making them work. It’s not just the shooting we’ll miss. We’ll miss the defense, the energy he brings and the confidence he and his teammates get when he hits big shots.”Young’s routine will change considerably. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He will stay with the Lakers on their trip that includes stops in Toronto (Friday) and Memphis (Saturday), saying facetiously “I’m a team guy.” He has worn a protective boot around his right foot and he plans to ice his foot before beginning rehab in about four days. Young also suggested he will buy suits in Toronto, perhaps to ease his mind from his frustration. “I can’t catch a break,” Young said. “Especially with the run we’re on, it’s a crucial time for us. We’re going up and down, trying to stay in the playoff race and do all these things we want to do. It’s tough.” Moving alongAfter staying sidelined in the past week recovering from a sore left knee, Russell plans to visit a team doctor on Monday in hopes to begin on-court work. Walton said Russell completed work on a non-weight bearing underwater treadmill during the team’s recent trip this week in New Orleans. “He says his knee feels good,” Walton said. “But it’s nothing we’re going to rush.”center_img CHICAGO >> The worst nightmare played out in Nick Young’s mind the moment his right leg landed awkwardly on the floor. The Lakers guard remembered feeling a “sharp pain.” He sensed “something pulled” from his right foot. And then three of his teammates helped him off the court only a few minutes into Tuesday’s loss in New Orleans.“I panicked,” Young said. “I thought the worst.” But after the Lakers initially diagnosed him with a strain in his right Achilles tendon, an MRI taken on Wednesday revealed a strained calf muscle in his right leg. So instead of Young facing a prolonged absence that could have required surgery, the Lakers expect him to stay out between two to four weeks. last_img read more