There’s not many players in the league cooler and smoother than Nick Young aka Swaggy P but the Lakers forward lost his cool in the 2nd quarter of last night’s game against the Suns when he took exception to a hard foul by Alex Len on a poster attempt.
Young jumped up quickly from his fall and pushed the 7’1 center causing Len’s teammate Marcus Morris to step in and push Young back. Nick was then confronted by a wall of Suns including Goran Dragic who Young “punched” in the head.
After the refs went to the monitors to watch replays of the incident they tossed Len for a flagrant foul and Young for his reaction.
After the game, Young was still heated but this time it was about his teammates.
“What I’m mad about is just it was one on five,” Young said. “I felt like if somebody would have got in the middle, it wouldn’t have escalated that much.”
Ex Sun and current Laker Kendall Marshall replied,
“I think Nick kind of saw what he wanted to see at the time,” said Marshall. “You’ve got to understand that we’ve got seven guys, so maybe at that point in time you’ve just got to chill out.”
Wesley Johnson agreed that it was Nick Young’s perception that made the incident look worse.
“It just happened to be that everyone from their team was in front of him at the time, so I just think that’s all he saw at the spur of that moment,” Johnson said. “It wasn’t as bad as it looked to him.”
Nick Young also doesn’t think his “punch” was a punch but unfortunately for him, the league offices, like his teammates, will probably see things differently than him.
“Yeah, yeah,” he said, denying he threw a punch. “I was trying to shove people out of my way. I was getting pushed and pushed further back. It was more trying to get out. It happened. I feel bad.”