Los Angeles Lakers star Nick Young will undergo surgery first thing next week after an MRI scan confirmed that the fans favorite has a complete tear of the radial collateral ligament in his right thumb.
The Los Angeles Lakers themselves confirmed this weekend that Swaggy P, who suffered the injury during Lakers practice late last week, will now head to surgery on Monday at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in LA.
The injury, and subsequent surgery, mean that Young will miss all of the Lakers pre-season as well as the beginning of the 2014-15 NBA season.
His agent meanwhile gave further details which suggest Byron Scott and the Lakers will be without one of last season's few bright spots for around 6-8 weeks.
News of Nick Young's extended time on the sidelines will not be met with enthusiasm by Lakers fans. But with veteran stars Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, both of whom who missed the majority of the 2013-14 season through injury, back and feeling 100 percent there is at least positives on the injury front compared to recent months.
As mentioned above though Swaggy P will be a big miss. Although Scott seems likely to utilise the 29-year-old off the bench this season Young is coming off the back of one of his most productive years in the NBA.
Young averaged 17.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists last season.
Even though it will be a while before he can start racking up the points once more, one thing is for certain - with Young's notorious character the Lakers will be getting a new chearleader on the sidelines come opening week of the season.