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Nick Young
Position: G
Born: 06/01/85
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:199 lbs. / 90.7 kg.
Salary: $5,219,169
Scott, who gave Young tips on what to work on the offensive end, also talked to him about improving on defense, via TWCSportsNet: “I said number two defensively. Nick is a pretty good defender when he has guys that challenge him. He takes the challenge. He’ll guard pretty much one-on-one, but when the ball is off that guy’s hands, he has to be a better help defender, a better weak-side defender. Those are just two areas him and I talked about, and we did that during the season in Phoenix. It’s no secret the things that I told him to do to improve on. I told him ‘If you don’t, it might be hard for me to put you out there.’”
Scott has since talked to Young on what he needs to improve on in the off-season coming off a struggling season in his second year with the Lakers, via TWCSportsNet: “Nick and I had conversations so it’s no secret what I’ve told him that he needs to do. If you want to look at one thing offensively you have to do, it’s move without the basketball. Learn to catch and shoot. Learn to take two, three dribbles. Pull-up and shoot. Two, three dribbles. Get to the basket. No more of this nine dribbles and everyone kinda watch, because that’s a home run or its a strikeout. You got to get better at moving without the basketball. That’s number one on offense.”
Cops investigated the alleged incident and DISMISSED her claim because they felt her story didn’t add up. The woman filed a lawsuit against Young in 2013 … and the two sides are still battling it out. Now, according to new docs obtained by TMZ Sports … the accuser has a number in mind — $3 million … claiming she suffered emotional distress and loss of earnings. But Young isn’t buying it — and has refused to settle … instead, fighting the case tooth and nail to prove once and for all he’s no rapist. A hearing is scheduled for later this month.
“It’s not about me or anything else but you getting better as a basketball player and to help you and help us as a basketball team,” Scott said after Wednesday morning’s shootaround at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “I have no agenda. I tell that to all my guys that ask me after the season and that don’t ask me. I say, ‘This is what you need to work on to get better as a basketball player coming into the next year.’ Nick is no exception.” Yet, Young became an exception. Two weeks ago, Young had scoffed at Scott’s critiques by telling Los Angeles News Group that he takes them “with a grain of salt” and that he considered them “a little unfair.” Young sang a different tune to reporters after his exit meetings on Tuesday. Young said “me and coach are cool” and that “we’re on the same page.” Young then added, “I take that as he wants me to get better.” “What he called at that particular time criticism is coaching. I told him the same thing yesterday,” Scott said. “There are certain things you have to get better at on both ends of the floor. You do those things, there’s a great chance you’ll be able to do the things that you are accustomed to doing. If you don’t, it’ll be hard for you to get on the floor with me. That’s what I demand.”
Speaking of positivity, I have to ask you is there a favorite Nick Young moment for you? Ed Davis: Favorite Nick Young story… [Laughs] That’s a good one right there. Let me think about that. Give me a second…. I don’t have one off the top, but he’s a different dude. He’s a funny dude, but he’s a different dude, man. That’s one thing that I can say about him is he’s always positive. Even with everything that’s going on around him, he always came to practice everyday with a smile on his face, upbeat and never was down, no matter what. Whether he was playing good or struggling, he’s always the same.

Nick Young at odds with Byron Scott

Lakers coach Byron Scott reiterated Saturday that Young needs to return with a more balanced game, one that includes passing and defense to supplement his high-volume shooting. With Young averaging 13.4 points per game this season on a career-low 36.6-percent shooting, Scott also threatened to reduce his minutes if the Lakers upgrade their roster this summer. “I’m used to it right now, hearing what Byron has to say,” said Young, who is in the first season of a four-year deal worth $21.5 million “I take it with a grain of salt.”
Nick Young will likely sit out for the rest of the season, head coach Byron Scott said at practice on Saturday. Young has missed the Lakers’ last 20 games due to a fractured left kneecap. “I haven’t even even talked to (head athletic trainer) Gary (Vitti), to be honest with you,” Scott said. “My feeling really is that, with seven games left, he probably won’t play the rest of the season. Like I said, the last report that I did get on him — which was when we were on the road — was that he really wasn’t making much progress.”
On Wednesday Scott and Nick Young went back and forth about Young’s new hairstyle, with Scott saying the ’do looked like Young had “a bunch of worms” on his head. Young fired back, saying, “People with no hair wouldn’t understand.” Scott used his pregame media availability to defend his shiny dome. “I’m bald by choice,” Scott said. “Can still grow hair, so that kind of blows his theory right out of the water.”