|Staff Reporter |||Oct 06, 2014 06:53 AM EDT|
(Photo : Reuters) Sep 29, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Jeremy Lin (17) during media day at the team practice facility in El Segundo. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sport
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin might have just gotten a blessing in an unexpected turn of events after shooting guard Nick Young suffered a thumb injury at training camp.
Currently vying for major playing time at training camp, the Asian-American star could see more action on the floor, as the Lakers lean on him to step up in the absence of their best offensive weapon off the bench.
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The Lakers took a big blow in their preparation for next season's campaign after Young, who averaged at least 18 points per game last season, will miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a tear of the radial collateral ligament in his right thumb.
With Young likely missing the first two weeks of the 2014-15 season, the Lakers are looking for other members of their second unit to contribute more on the offensive end of the floor,
However, Young's setback could be the break the 26-year old Lin needs to kick start his career with the purple-and-gold. With Steve Nash healthy again to assume the starting role at the point, Lin has so far played with the second unit and doing well with that role.
Then again, his versatility could pave the way for him to play extended minutes on the floor as a shooting guard, whenever Kobe Bryant takes some rest or Byron Scott wants to play small ball with the Mamba playing at small forward.
So far, the former Harvard standout is gaining the trust of the coaching staff and his teammates, including Nash, who admired Lin's ability to drive through lanes and create opportunities for the team to score.
"He gets to the basket. He can really get in there at the rim causes problems, create fouls," Nash told reporters after Friday's scrimmages at the Lakers training facility in El Segundo, California.
Lin averaged 12 points and 4 dimes last season with the Houston Rockets, but many analysts believed he can have a bounced-back year because of the perfect situation the Lakers presents to him.
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