Posted January 16, 2014

Lakers’ Nick Young suspended for throwing punch, two Suns fined after altercation

Alex Len, Ben Golliver, Goran Dragic, Los Angeles Lakers, Marcus Morris, Nick Young, Phoenix Suns

The NBA announced Thursday that Lakers guard Nick Young has been suspended for one game without pay for throwing a punch at Suns guard Goran Dragic during Phoenix’s 121-114 home victory on Wednesday.

Young’s punch came after he took exception to a hard foul from Suns rookie center Alex Len, a play that set off a small skirmish between the two teams. The NBA has fined Len fined $15,000 for his flagrant foul on the play and Suns forward Marcus Morris has been fined $25,000 for escalating the altercation.

Young, 28, is on the books for $1.1 million this season. A one-game suspension without pay will cost him roughly $10,000 and he will serve his suspension when the Lakers face the Celtics in Boston on Friday.

With a little less than eight minutes remaining in the second quarter and Phoenix leading 36-35, Young took a blow to the face from Len as he attempted a shot in transition. The force of the foul knocked Young to the floor, and he immediately hopped to his feet and shoved Len. At that point, Morris shoved Young in retaliation. Players from both teams then stepped in to deescalate the situation but not before Young made a punch-like motion in the direction of Dragic.

Lakers guard Nick Young was ejected after this altercation with the Suns. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images Sport)

Lakers guard Nick Young was ejected after this altercation with the Suns. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The referees assessed a flagrant foul 2 to Len for his original foul. The flagrant foul 2 designation applies to contact that is deemed “unnecessary and excessive” and it requires an automatic ejection. The referees ruled that Young was guilty of a punching foul, which also requires an automatic ejection.

ESPNLA.com reported after the game that Young was upset that his Lakers teammates didn’t have his back in the scrum.

“What I’m mad about is it was 1-on-5, I felt like,” Young said. “If somebody [from the Lakers] would have got in the middle, everything wouldn’t have escalated that much.”

98.7 FM in Phoenix reported that Dragic wasn’t exactly blown away by Young’s punch.

“He just tapped me, a friendly tap,” Dragic said. “It was nothing seriously. I didn’t even felt it. It was not a strong punch.”

Len departed with two points (on 1-for-3 shooting) and three rebounds in four minutes.

Young departed with nine points (on 4-for-8 shooting) and three rebounds in 11 minutes.

Phoenix improved to 22-16 with the win. L.A. dropped to 14-25 with its six straight loss.

Video via YouTube user NBA Highlights | Hat tip: SB Nation

7 comments
malgus
malgus

 It was a hard foul by Len.  Young wasn't hurt, he just lost balance in the air, he wasn't even taken down and he hopped back up then Young acted like an fool and started a fight.  It was a punch and he opened his hand after the punch to make it look more like a push.


Typical immature Swaggy P.


RobertMartin
RobertMartin

 You can watch the video a million times and it clearly shows that Young "pushed" NOT punched. He was surrounded by five Sun's players all going after him and pushing him, I think a push back was appropriate. Simply defending himself. The problem began with a bush league foul, a dirty play by Len. I guess we can feel good that Len's NBA career will be short. #notalent  #noclass

NickFollmer
NickFollmer

The Lakers played better without him too! Better than previous Suns encounters with him this season atleast...


RobertMartin
RobertMartin

@malgusYoung was not only taken down but he hit him in the head, THUS flagrant foul. His intent was to hurt. I've seen the video from 4 different angles and Young's hand was OPEN and he PUSHED NOT PUNCHED.  You are entitled to an opinion but please don't try and change facts.  I think acting like a fool is arguing facts.

S2556
S2556

@RobertMartin okay try watching the videos again but this time if possible remove your laker goggles. Young clearly isn't defending himself as he instigated the whole thing (while being surrounded). Punch or push, young is an undisciplined hot headed cry baby that can't handle a hard foul that has and will happen a million times again.  Young is going for the poster, why are you suprised that there was a hard play? If he didn't lash out like a Jr. In high school he would have put his team in a good spot. Oh, I forgot that selfish plays and dramaqueen players have been the backbone for the Lakers for the last 5 years. Young should fit right in with your franchise. Kinda like a kobe but minus the amazing talent and success. Ron artest I guess... 

S2556
S2556

@RobertMartin @malgus lol Robert you telling someone else not to change facts? His intent was not to hurt and he didn't hurt him. According to your own statement you are acting like a fool!