Local police are investigating a robbery at the rental home of Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young, who was not home at the time of the incident.
According to a TMZ report, burglars vandalized and stole expensive items from Young's home on Sunday night. Young notified authorities when he noticed a broken window at the house just after the Lakers' 103-94 victory over the Orlando Magic.
The exact value of the items stolen likely extends well into the thousands of dollars, with the TMZ report saying "Louboutin shoes, jewelry, clothes, Louis Vuitton luggage and more" were taken before suspects walked out the front door. It is unclear whether Young was specifically targeted because he was a Lakers player (and the robbers knew he wouldn't be home), and authorities are still looking for leads on potential culprits.
Young, 28, is one of the league's most fashion-forward players. He was recently featured in a GQ spread with his girlfriend, rapper Iggy Azalea, and is known to have an extensive shoe and outfit collection. Calling himself "Swaggy P," Young recently showed off his wardrobe choices with Lance Fresh:
Young later commented on the burglary (via Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times and Dave McMenamin of ESPN):
Nick Young confirms his Sherman Oaks home got robbed last night. Almost $100K in value. "I was just shocked they tried to get Swaggy."— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) March 24, 2014
Nick Young: "They got me, man. They stoles my Yeezys, too."— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) March 24, 2014
Young is in his first season with the Lakers. The oft-criticized gunner is averaging 17 points per game on 42.2 percent shooting, as Mike D'Antoni gives Young freedom within his uptempo offense. Colorful and outspoken, Young has been one of the few relative bright spots in a lost season for the Lakers, ingratiating himself with fans and local media with his cheery disposition.
While his house was being ransacked, Young was continuing a mini-resurgence. He scored 26 points on 8-of-17 shooting off the bench, with 13 of those points coming in the fourth quarter. It was his second 20-point game in a row, as he's finally getting back to full health after knee injuries kept him on the shelf for much of February and March.
As noted by Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, Young has had a solid scoring season despite missing so much time:
This is Nick Young's 10th game with at least 24 points this season. Jordan Hill's up to a career high 26, meanwhile, on 9 of 15 FG's.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 24, 2014
A native Los Angeleno, Young has a player option for his contract at $1.23 million for next season. He has not indicated yet whether he plans to use it or opt out, though Mark Bartelstein, Young's agent, said his client is perfectly happy playing in his home town.
“Nick wants to be a Laker,” Bartelstein told Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. “But his focus right now is to get healthy, get back on the court soon and finish rest of the season. That’s a conversation Mitch and I will have, but it’s too early at this point to talk about what he’s going to do.”
Obviously, there's no way of telling whether being robbed of thousands of dollars worth of items will have any effect on Young's future. Nevertheless, Young should be happy that he was on the court and not spending one of his many nights on the injured list when the robbery was taking place. It's also fortunate no one was harmed in the incident.
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