NEW YORK -- Nick Young is rarely at a loss for words, but the outspoken Lakers reserve guard found himself in that position Sunday after missing his third straight game with what the team has said is a “sprained right ankle.”
According to Young, he was more than healthy enough to play in the Lakers’ 92-80 loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. He said it was Lakers coach Byron Scott’s call. Then when asked about his relationship with Scott, Young said, “I don’t know. Can’t tell you.”
Young hasn’t played since being benched in the second half of the Lakers’ loss to the Houston Rockets on Jan. 25. In the Lakers’ first practice after that game, he sprained his right ankle when Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson stepped on it.
However, Young said his ankle is fine.
“I’m very disappointed I didn’t get out there,” he said. “That’s just how this year has been. We’ll see what happens next game.”
As for sitting out against the Knicks, Young said, “It’s very tough, especially coming back, wanting to play in the Garden, wanted to be a part of the team.”
Young spoke after Scott had already addressed the media, but Scott has said that he wants Young to get at least one practice in before playing again. The Lakers are scheduled to practice Tuesday in Milwaukee in advance of their game against the Bucks on Wednesday.
“I can’t tell you what it is,” Young said. “I felt good myself personally. But it’s not always up to me. It’s in the coach’s hands.”
Young is averaging 14.1 points this season, the most for any healthy Lakers player.