HoopsHype Nick Young rumors

December 14, 2014 Updates

Amid Young’s playful demeanor, he has taken on a serious tone during the Lakers’ worst start in franchise history. After last week’s loss in Boston, Young abruptly walked away from a post-game interview that lasted only 45 seconds. Young also weathered frustration while missing six weeks because of a broken right thumb. “He cares about winning,” Scott said. “That’s the thing I love about him the most. He’s a player that likes to play around and have fun and practice and enjoys playing. He has a certain zest for going out there and having that competition. But when we lose games, he takes it pretty hard. That’s very important.” Los Angeles Daily News

You mention attitude, which is interesting. Most people think your attitude is "stats first, team second." Nick Young: Stats don't mean too much when you're losing. People think all I worry about is my points, but that's not true. I try to go out there and have fun, especially on a team like this, with Kobe Bryant. I have to bring that energy, because he's the tough cop. I'm like Eddie Murphy in 48 Hrs. Every team needs a mix of guys like that, a good balance. Rolling Stone

What's Kobe Bryant like as a teammate? [Laughs] He's not normal. That's one person who's not normal. But he's also not like people think. He rides people, for sure – some people more than others, and some of them can't handle that. But he was the first person who called me when I got injured, he checked in on me. I was kind of touched. He went over plays with me, told me how to recover. I thought that was pretty big. When Kobe calls you, what does it say on your phone? "Mamba?" "Vino?" Oh, it says "Kobe." I make sure I show everybody that number. "It's Kobe calling." Rolling Stone

Clothes are a big deal in the NBA. Who do you think is the most fashionable player? Nick Young: Me. I influence a lot of people with my hairstyle, with dressing up, but nobody will give me credit. I'm not afraid to take chances, I like to look good and I have a personality. I like to see that my haircut is on a lot of people these days, people been trying to battle me with sneakers on the court – but you know what? Right now, I'm holding the crown. I won't back down. Rolling Stone

What's your favorite piece of clothing? Nick Young: My black leather jacket from Saint Laurent. It was a lot of money. I went and they said, "You gotta have this" and I was like, "Nah, I don't know if could spend $5-6,000 on a jacket." But, here's how I got it: I had bought another jacket, but it didn't fit, so I returned it and I had $2,000 credit that I forgot all about, so I snapped it up! I knew my teammates were going to crack jokes on me as soon as they saw it, that's what I started calling myself "Young Mike Jackson." It's tough to look good in a leather jacket. Rolling Stone

I'd imagine players around the league enjoy bringing up your girlfriend during games. Does it ever cross the line? Nick Young: The fans do too! It doesn't bother me anymore. There's a line you shouldn't cross when you're playing; I think you should leave people's wives and fiancées and girlfriends out of it. But some people don't care; talking trash is talking trash. It hasn't happened seriously yet, people just crack jokes – I haven't gotten the "Honey Nut Cheerios" or nothing like that – mostly I get "Ms. Iggy," and my teammates are constantly talking to me about it. My life is an open book, I guess. Rolling Stone

Nick Young: Look at Shaq; he went out and had a movie called Kazaam. I'm trying to make Kazaam 2, with me as the star. We hope to push it to the theaters, but it might be straight-to-DVD [laughs]. I watched all of Shaq's movies. Steel, when he was the hero with the iron suit on, oh man! It's hard to act, period. So to watch somebody that's seven feet tall in an all-iron suit, that's big! Rolling Stone

December 13, 2014 Updates

When a reporter told Scott that Nick Young had expressed a desire to be the player to assist on the basket that pushed Bryant past Jordan, the Lakers coach couldn’t suppress a grin and a wisecrack at the shoot-first swingman’s expense. “Nick hasn’t passed all year,” Scott joked. “How’s he going to be the one to pass it to him?” Orange County Register

Young buried his sixth 3-pointer with 7.4 second left in overtime, lifting the Lakers (7-16) to a 112-110 win over the defending-champion Spurs (16-7) at AT&T Center. “I have more confidence in him hitting those shots when guys are draped all over him,” said Bryant, who scored 22 points on 7-of-22 shooting. “He loves hitting those shots.” Bryant is nine points behind Jordan’s 32,292, and seems a lock to move into third on the career scoring list Sunday in Minneapolis. “It’s coming,” said Bryant, who has downplayed his chase of Jordan. “It’s gonna come.” Orange County Register

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