HoopsHype Nick Young rumors

December 28, 2014 Updates

It didn’t take long for Young to soften his boastful comments that were nothing more than a joke. With the Lakers (9-21) entering Sunday’s game against the Phoenix Suns (17-14) at Staples Center, Young has shot a combined 6 of 22 from the field in the past two games while Bryant has stayed sidelined to rest his 36-year-old body. “We’re always going to need Kobe out there on the floor, especially for players like me,” said Young, who has averaged 14.9 points on 40 percent shooting. “That releases a lot of pressure.” Los Angeles Daily News

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So enamored with plaid and corduroy is the Spurs’ resident sharp-shooting goofball that a special pair of custom Christmas shoes created for him by local artist Jake Danklefs almost designed themselves. It still took Danklefs’ nationally-recognized skills to actually execute what could very well be the most unique shoes worn during the NBA’s five-game Christmas slate on Thursday. “Nick Young is going to want a pair when he sees the swag I’m rocking,” Bonner joked after receiving the shoes from Nice Kicks, referring to the Lakers’ resident style monster. San Antonio Express-News

As usual, Lakers guard Nick Young, who scored 15 points, was the most outspoken. “Some guys just played like ‘Django Unchained' -- they were free tonight,” he said. ESPN.com

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Young surprisingly did not draw an NBA-imposed suspension despite shoving his right forearm to the throat of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams in Friday’s game. Young was soon called for a flagrant foul 2 and ejected. “I’m a nice guy, man,” Young boasted before playing in the Lakers’ 108-101 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday at Sleep Train Arena. “‘Swaggy P’ don’t get fined!” Los Angeles Daily News

“I don’t try to get into what the league thinks,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “I just knew that when I didn’t hear anything today that it was good news. Normally, you don’t hear the league calling you and saying, ‘He’s not suspended.’ I didn’t think it was enough to warrant a suspension. But I also understand the rules about above the shoulders.” Los Angeles Daily News

Young has whispered in recent days about participating the NBA’s 3-point shooting contest. After shooting 4 of 9 from the perimeter against the Kings, Young basically roared by boasting “I’m the best 3-point shooter in the league.” Los Angeles Daily News

December 21, 2014 Updates

Nick Young doesn't know where he stands with the NBA. He's probably suspended for a game even though nothing was announced Saturday. He definitely knows where he stands with his coach. "Yeah, I talked to him," Byron Scott said. How did that go? "Ask him." But Young declined to talk to reporters Saturday. "I gave him some words and told him if it happens again what would happen to him. So hopefully it'll never happen again," Scott said. Los Angeles Times

The league didn't like it and neither did Young, who called out teammates afterward, saying he was fighting "one on five" and wondering why he had no backup. That one-game absence cost Young about $10,000 in salary but a suspension this time would set him back $45,400 because he received a significant raise after re-signing with the Lakers last July. Young is averaging 14.9 points, second-highest on the team. He would sit out Sunday's game against the Sacramento Kings. Los Angeles Times

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