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L.A. Lakers man Nick Young risked serious injury in July 4 firework mishap

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Nick Young's fortunes on the hardwood have taken a turn for the worst over the past couple of years but his career as an NBA player could very nearly have come to an end after a firework exploded in the L.A. Lakers man's hand.

The swingman, who averaged just 7.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 52 appearances for the Purple and Gold last season, was recorded - in a video that has made its way onto TMZ - picking up a firework after the fuse had been lit.

Clearly expecting the firework to set off, the 31-year-old was given a shock as the rocket exploded in his grasp.

Watch the video here.

The incident reportedly took place at his home in Los Angeles as he celebrated July 4, Independence Day in the United States of America.

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered an injury on the same day last year as a firework mishap cost him one finger and mangled another, leaving the athlete with injuries so severe that, at the first, doctors wanted to amputate the limb.

Playing basketball with one hand is something even MJ and Kobe would have struggled to do, and he should be counting his blessings that more harm was not done.

LAKERS

His future with the Lakers is in jeopardy and there is a lot of talk that the California native could be traded by the second most successful franchise in history.

In truth, he offered relatively nothing for a struggling team last season. Despite the organisation winning just 17 games, Young provided very little off the bench and the remaining two years of his contract, worth over $10 million - with a player option in the final year - could be put to better use.

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

Rookie head coach Luke Walton has a roster packed with exciting young talent in D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram and potentially Jordan Clarkson after the franchise extended him a qualifying offer before the moratorium period began, and it is hard to see where 'Swaggy P' fits.

His off-court issues have been an un-welcome distraction and it's a shame to see a player wasting such evident talent. His first season in his home city was impressive on a personal level as he averaged a career-high 17.9 points a game with a 43.5 field goal percentage.

However, the decline has been rapid since then and the general consensus is that a fresh start would be a benefit for the shooting guard. There are questions over who would give Young a chance, but his career shows that, when focused, he can be a benefit.

Focus being the imperative word. He has definitely embraced the Los Angeles way of life since moving back to the City of Angels. Only time will tell what the future holds for Nick Young.

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