Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young was ejected from Sunday’s game against the Detroit Pistons when he shoved Pistons forward Anthony Tolliver after a hard foul.
“I didn’t punch him or nothing,” Young told ESPN. “I pushed him. It shouldn’t be that bad.”
Young cited the Lakers abysmal 3-17 record as reason for his temper flaring late in a blowout loss, but maintained was over-disciplined for the forearm shot to Tolliver’s neck, saying, “It’s still not his face, though.”
Lakers coach Byron Scott said of the incident, “Tolliver didn’t really go after him, I thought. I just thought he went up and tried to contest his shot. He wasn’t going to give him a layup. I thought he probably overreacted a little bit.”