LA Laker Coach Byron Scott made sure to publicly note his decision to bench forward Nick Young for the past 11 games “has everything to do with basketball” along with Young not being mentally present with the rest of the team.
According to reports, Scott placed Young on the inactive list before Sunday’s 107-100 loss to the Boston Celtics and says he completely empathizes with what Young is enduring in his personal life.
“It has nothing to do with the chemistry,” Scott said at practice. “It has everything to do with just basketball. Right now, I know what he’s going through, and I know it’s hard on him. But he’s not here with us, mentally, and there’s no need for me to put him out there on the floor.”
LA Laker D’Angelo Russell secretly recorded Young speaking of his dealings with other women, which proved to be most scandalous being as though Young is engaged to Iggy Azalea.
“It’s been tough. This is probably the icing on the cake, as far as how tough it can be. He didn’t get off to a great start. His shooting has not been what it has been in the past. It went even a little downhill the last couple of months,” Scott said. “The situation last week didn’t help. We all, as coaches, players and everybody, feel for him and understand the situation he’s in. It’s a tough situation.”
When asked if Scott will remain on the inactive list for the rest of the season, Scott’s return was simply “I don’t know yet. Things can change.”