The Los Angeles Lakers were in action last night, taking on the Denver Nuggets at the Staples Center.
Bad night all round
It wasn't a happy night for the franchise, who succumbed to a 106-96 defeat, and despite his 12 points in the game it wasn't a night to remember for the outspoken Nick Young.
That's because the reserve guard was fined by the Lakers after arriving fashionably late for the Tuesday night fixture. Head coach Byron Scott interrupting Young's pre-game media session to break the bad news.
After arriving 15 minutes past the Lakers' mandated 6pm arrival time the fine for Young is believed to come in at around $1,500-$2,000.
Young, who was half way through describing a bizarre encounter with a dolphin attempting to steal his girlfriend, contested the punishment with Scott but the Showtime era star was determined to let everyone know that being late will not be tolerated.
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Laying down the law
The media were present as Scott and Young had a light-hearted debate about the merits of the fine, but the head coach later made it clear that it was no joking matter.
"I know he's tried to sneak in a couple of times, too," revealed Scott when quizzed on whether Young's tardiness was a common occurrence.
"That didn't work. He's been fined a few times. I don't discriminate. If you're late, you're fined. It doesn't matter who you are. My rules are pretty simple."
The latest misdemeanour from Swaggy P is unlikely to help the popular Lakers man regain his spot in the starting lineup.
Byron Scott benched Young a couple of weeks in a game versus the Houston Rockets and, after having some choice words for him that night concerning his attitude, the coach again spoke on his hopes for the player moving forward after the recent Nuggets loss:
"I just want him to get back to playing basketball the way he's capable of playing."
Nick Young is usually the one to inject some positivity into things down at the Staples Center but his latest fine just about sums up the struggles of the whole franchise this season.
Having lost talisman Kobe Bryant for the season the Lakers find themselves second bottom of the Western Conference and with little to cheer for the remainder of the season.
Byron Scott though is right to clamp down on any signs of ill-discipline. Their season may be done before the All-Star break but that is no excuse for veterans of the roster to take it easy. This is the time Young should be in early to show an example to the younger players, not swanning in late on game night joking with reporters.
What do you think Lakers fans? Is Young's easy going attitude becoming a problem? Let us know in the comments section below...