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Nick Young enjoyed his brief time with the Los Angeles Clippers. He spent 22 regular season games with the franchise in 2012, went to the playoffs, and was part of one of the greatest comebacks in postseason history. “I was really one of the reasons that happened,” said a grinning Young, who never lacks for confidence. But when it comes to learning and improving, the L.A. native said he’s had a better experience with the Lakers. “Being a Laker, there’s nothing like it,” Young said. “I think I learn more just being here and being around an atmosphere of winning, toughness and learning how to play under a great player like Kobe (Bryant). Orange County Register

He saw the writing on the wall in the offseason of 2012 when the Clippers signed Jamal Crawford to be their sixth man. “I was a little disappointed,” he said. “While I was a Clipper I felt like I wasn’t being used right anyway.” Orange County Register

Through it all, Young said he doesn’t have much animosity for the Clippers. He reserves that for the team that drafted him and traded him to the Clippers, the Washington Wizards. “I hate the Wizards,” said Young, who played in Washington from 2007-12. “But I like some of the guys over the guys, I just hate the Wizards.” Orange County Register

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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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