One of the topics of discussion from the NBA last night is the ejection of Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young and his comments following the game about the lack of backup he received when he was fouled hard against the Phoenix Suns. Alex Len was pretty obvious with the hard foul he committed, but Young got up right away and started throwing punches, which rallied the Suns.
Young feels like he was left on an island by his Lakers teammates, who decided against getting into a scuffle with the Suns. He told Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com that his teammates didn’t back him up and that bothers him.
“What I’m mad about is it was 1-on-5, I felt like,” Young said. “If somebody [from the Lakers] would have got in the middle, everything wouldn’t have escalated that much.”
It’s not wrong of Young to be angry about the hard foul, but once he started swinging, he lost everyone’s support including that of his teammates.
The question is should the Lakers have backed up Young or were they right to let him fight his own battle and avoid more wide spread suspensions? Kendall Marshall said afterwords that the Lakers couldn’t afford to back up Young given their thin roster, but does that justify the Lakers not coming to Young’s defense?