Nick Young has officially been removed from the Los Angeles Lakers active roster, but what exactly led to the deactivation?
Spots reporter, Mike Bresnahan first broke the news on Monday with a tweet that read: “Nick Young was deactivated for Sunday’s game and probably Lakers’ final six games Said Byron: ‘Right now he’s not here with us mentally.’”
Last week, Nick made headlines after her was secretly taped by teammate D’Angelo Russell, admitting that he cheated on fiancée Iggy Azalea with a 19-year-old woman.
Many speculated that the current mental state of Nick had to do with the controversial video; however, Lakers head coach Byron Scott said the decision “has everything to do with basketball.”
“It has nothing to do with the chemistry,” Scott said at practice Monday. “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.”
According to ESPN reporter, Jovan Buha, Scott placed Young on the inactive list before Sunday night’s loss to the Boston Celtics. “I was thinking about that for the game last night — who to put on the IR — and my first thought was Metta [World Peace]. But then I said, ‘I can use Metta,'” Scott said. “It was strictly a basketball decision. It’s all based on because I know how [Young]’s feeling right now. He’s not really here with us.”
Scott added, “It’s been tough. 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. 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.”
What probably made things even more tough is that while Nick was being slapped with the hard news, his presumed fiancée, Iggy, was killing it on the iHeart stage.
The Australian rapper closed out the 2016 iHeart Music Awards on Sunday night and murdered it. The 25-year-old, by the way, was still sporting her engagement ring.