A CT scan showed a small fracture on his left knee that was expected to heal on its own. The
Young has missed the last 11 games of an eminently forgettable season, averaging 13.4 points and shooting what would be a career-low 36.6%.
In fact, he made news Wednesday in a different way. A typically Young way.
He showed up to the Lakers' training facility up with a hairdo that had teammates and coaches cringing. Young's head was shaved down on the sides but had a springy dreadlocks-type look on the top and in back of his head.
"It looks like a bunch of worms," Lakers Coach
Scott is bald, as Young pointed out in a brief conversation with media members.
"People with no hair wouldn't understand," he said. "I would be mad at somebody that had hair, if I didn't have hair.
"I just felt like it was time for a change," added Young, who skirted questions about his balky knee. "I was watching 'Kid 'N Play,' then I was sitting home and watching 'Booty Call' — I was like 'Jamie Foxx has a nice haircut I want to try.' That's the inspiration behind it."
Teammate Jeremy Lin had no words to offer on Young's look, although he did sigh and shake his head.
"He looks like the guy from 'Boyz N the Hood,' — O-Dog, whatever his name is," Randle said. "That's the haircut he's going for. But what else can you expect from Nick?"
Young, 29, has three more years and $16.3 million left on his contract. He averaged a career-best 17.9 points last season while shooting 43.5%.
When: 7:30 p.m. PDT Thursday.
Where: Staples Center.
On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330.
Records: Lakers 17-49,
Record vs. Jazz: 1-1.
Update: Utah has played much better thanks to the emergence of shot-blocker/rebounder