Nick Young, the Los Angeles Lakers swingman, has said that he intends to bury the hatchet with teammate D’Angelo Russell.
Earlier this year, Young and Russell were involved in a controversy of enormous proportions when the Lakers rookie posted a video interaction in which the veteran forward admitted to cheating on ex-fiancé Iggy Azalea.
Since the controversy, Azalea has ended her relationship with Young, who maintains that he never cheated on the pop singer and intends to move on with his life.
Earlier this week, Young told Southern California News Group that he’s trying to make peace with Russell. “We’re teammates. It’s been so long, so it’s kind of old. We’ll be able to work it out. We’ve already been working it out. It is what it is. I can’t be mad forever,” said Young.
Nick Young ready to move on
Lakers beat writer Mark Medina has reported that Young, who has spent most of the offseason playing in the Drew League, is relaxed and ready to start the upcoming season on a fresh note.
“Young walked out of Los Angeles Southwest College on Sunday evening bearing his signature smile. Young also seemed at peace surrounding an incident that fueled frustration throughout a taxing 2015-16 season,” wrote Medina.
When the controversial video was first leaked, there were several reports of Lakers teammates distancing themselves from Russell, the perpetrator of the scandal. There were also reports of Young refusing to accept Russell’s apology. But Young is apparently ready to let bygones be bygones.
With the Lakers embracing a new era under coach Luke Walton, Young is expecting a change in his own game, which deteriorated to that of a spot-up shooter playing just 19.1 minutes last season.
“It’s a breath of fresh air for me,” Young said of the new coach. “Luke is a big-time coach and came from a championship team. I think I have the tools that we can use as a shooter.”
Nick Young has two years left on his contract with a player option at the end of the 2016-17 season.