HoopsHype Nick Young rumors

January 4, 2014 Updates

Reporters covering the Los Angeles Lakers thought they were going to get to speak to the Black Mamba before Friday’s game against the Utah Jazz. It did not come to pass, but they got something even better: The Swag Mamba, Nick Young, filling in for the injured Kobe Bryant. For The Win

January 1, 2014 Updates

Young has exceeded the Lakers' expectations "by far ... not even close," Coach Mike D'Antoni said Tuesday. But in typical hard-luck Lakers fashion these days, Young can opt out of his contract in June by declining a relatively low player option of $1.2 million. The average NBA salary is about $5.5 million. "I'm trying not to think so far ahead. It's only Game 32," Young said. "If we keep losing, we might all fall back into the same thing. We're all fighting and that's all I can do right now is stay focused on the court." Los Angeles Times

December 28, 2013 Updates

Young recently had a stretch of three 4-point plays in four games from Dec. 20-25, something no player had accomplished since Jamal Crawford did it in March 2009 for the Golden State Warriors, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Crawford happens to be the league's all-time leader in the quirky stat. "Well, that's one of our goals," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni deadpanned when asked about Young's 4-point feat. ESPN.com

December 25, 2013 Updates
December 24, 2013 Updates

Swaggy P did not disappoint when I teed him up with LeBron's comments about the sleeved Christmas jerseys ... "We’re going to see," Nick Young said after the Lakers' 127-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Monday. "I hope his shooters is messing up. I hope Ray Allen ain’t making shots. Right? So, I hope (LeBron James) is worried." The Heat practiced in the short-sleeved jerseys in order to get a feel for the unique cut, prompting James to say he was "already upset" about Miami having to wear them in an actual game, adding: "I can't have my shooters out there worrying about some sleeves and not shooting the ball.” Sulia

December 21, 2013 Updates

Few bring a style to the game as unique as Nick Young’s—both on and off the floor. While Young certainly puts his own spin on trends, he finishes many of his drives to the hoop with that same flair. The 28-year-old from Los Angeles has had a chance to play for both hometown teams, and when asked what he experienced with the upstart success of the Clippers vs the history of the Lakers, he says there is nothing that compares to wearing the purple and gold. “The Clippers got a lot of hype with all the highlights they do. Obviously, they got a better record than us right now,” he says, “but Lakers is tradition. I grew up being a Laker fan. The city always being Lakers fans. I remember going to the Laker parades after winning Championships. It’s nothing like being a Laker. It changed my view of the NBA right now, being a Laker.” Asked to elaborate, he says, “We’re rockstars over here [laughs]. It’s been fun, I’m enjoying it.” SLAM

December 9, 2013 Updates

After the loss to Toronto, Young spoke with Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters about playing alongside Bryant and how different it can be: “Sometimes you can catch yourself watching him while you’re out there on the floor…We can’t just defer to him every time.” Lakers Nation

December 7, 2013 Updates
December 2, 2013 Updates

Within a two-month span, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has viewed Nick Young as a a streaky shooter and inconsistent defender to a candidate for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. “He should. If we can get our record [good],” D’Antoni said. “That’s going to be the product of the team. He’s playing well enough. But if we surprise people, get in the playoffs and do really well, yeah, he’ll have a really good chance at it.” Los Angeles Daily News

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