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Nick Young Takes No Prisoners, Shuts Down Kid In Game Of One-On-One

Apr 2, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Nick Young (0) celebrates after a three point basket and foul against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Young’s first season with the Lakers was an eventful one, so much so that the city of Los Angeles has launched a campaign in wake of him opting-out of his contract to try and get him to stay. (You know, the same treatment Dwight Howard got when he was mulling over where he would spend the prime of his career this time last year, because no one man should have all that swagger, or something.)

Young loves the Lakers. There’s no secret there. He was born and raised in California, and he spent three years at USC before the Washington Wizards drafted him in 2007. But after a career year, which saw him average 17.9 points per game, he’s looking to make a splash in the free agency and there will be a few teams around the league looking to add him to their roster in the hope that he can bring them the same spark off the bench that he did this season with the Lakers.

There is one — of many — things holding Young from commanding a lot of money, though; that being, he’s a bit of a sieve defensively. But good news! He’s working on that by putting his defensive skills to the test in games of one-on-one against his young campers. There’s hope yet!

Oh, wait, no. False alarm. Nick Young hasn’t changed.

Oh, it gets worse? You don’t say…

Whatever. The #SummerOfSwaggy is in full effect. Get those cheques ready, Mitch.

Scott Rafferty