Lakers News: Nick Young Resents ‘Getting Caught Up In All The Drama’ Last Season
Lakers News: Nick Young Resents ‘getting Caught Up In All The Drama’ Last Season
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Young came under fire last season for taking the ‘Swaggy P’ persona a little too far and not producing results on the basketball floor. Head coach Byron Scott quickly became tired of Young’s act on and off the court resulting in an ultimatum being given to the veteran guard/forward after the season officially came to a close.

Young was told that he needs to change things up and focus on improving his game on both ends of the floor. Coach Scott emphasized improving defensively above all or Young would struggle to get minutes during the 2015-16 campaign.

Apparently, Young is ready to change his ways and put the drama behind him as he told Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

On Wednesday, Young said he resented “just getting caught up in all the drama, and letting it get to me. That’s not me. I normally do stuff and just brush it off.”

Young was asked if the ‘Swaggy P’ persona is a thing of the past, via Bresnahan:

“Nah. I’m still ‘Swaggy P,'” he said. “I don’t like being ‘Nicholas.’ You know, I’m the man when it’s all said and done. I’m just a cool guy. It’s just in my DNA.”

With the Los Angeles Lakers bringing in reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Lou Williams, the pressure is on for Young. Minutes will be hard to come by during the regular season with Williams being a viable option to fill the role that Young has played over the past two seasons.

Fortunately, if Young does live up to the challenge provided by Coach Scott, the Lakers could have two proven scorers off the bench this season. Williams and Young may turn out to be a solid duo in the second unit making Los Angeles that much more dynamic this year.

I think he will prove a lot of people wrong this year. People say he didn’t take the last two seasons seriously: I can’t blame him for not giving 100%. He had most of his team injured, new players coming in weekly, and fans/the organization wanting a high lottery pick. He is still guaranteed points off the bench and when you have streaky young guys and an aging Kobe you need that.

  • I think he will prove a lot of people wrong this year. People say he didn’t take the last two seasons seriously: I can’t blame him for not giving 100%. He had most of his team injured, new players coming in weekly, and fans/the organization wanting a high lottery pick. He is still guaranteed points off the bench and when you have streaky young guys and an aging Kobe you need that.

  • I trust Nick. He’s a good scorer. We just have to put all around players around him and let him do his job. We are asking too much. He does what he does – put the ball in the basket. And THIS, he always have done well.

  • I trust Nick. He’s a good scorer. We just have to put all around players around him and let him do his job. We are asking too much. He does what he does – put the ball in the basket. And THIS, he always have done well.

  • yep hes at his best as a 6-8th option on a team not the second best player like he has been

  • yep hes at his best as a 6-8th option on a team not the second best player like he has been

  • as a matter of fact only kobe wes davis Clarkson,price and brown had better defensive effectiveness then young last season

  • as a matter of fact only kobe wes davis Clarkson,price and brown had better defensive effectiveness then young last season

  • Lakers possible lineup:
    Pg:
    Bust/old rookie
    Sg:
    Wanna be/ young 2.0
    Sf:
    Rapist/trigger happy /scrub
    Pf:
    Donut/chubby chaser /scrub
    Center:
    Mentally challenged /short/GOAT/pot dealer
    Coach:
    Idiot,,

  • So why didn’t “reporters” inquire someone (coaching staff) about his D instead regurgitating that persona bullshit? Fuckin’ TMZ clowns.

  • So why didn’t “reporters” inquire someone (coaching staff) about his D instead regurgitating that persona bullshit? Fuckin’ TMZ clowns.

  • I don’t see how it will be hard for Young to get minutes just because they brought in Lou Will. For one Lou Will is a undersized SG, Young can play 1,2, or the 3 off the bench. I honestly think if Byron has any sense he’d play Lou and Young together off the bench as it will keep the defense honest. Nick should play 20-25 minutes a night, as I don’t see them over using Kobe early in the season. What Byron Scott has to understand is when you bring a player off the bench they are likely good at one thing. Young is a scorer. He’s not going to be the defensive player of the year.

  • I don’t see how it will be hard for Young to get minutes just because they brought in Lou Will. For one Lou Will is a undersized SG, Young can play 1,2, or the 3 off the bench. I honestly think if Byron has any sense he’d play Lou and Young together off the bench as it will keep the defense honest. Nick should play 20-25 minutes a night, as I don’t see them over using Kobe early in the season. What Byron Scott has to understand is when you bring a player off the bench they are likely good at one thing. Young is a scorer. He’s not going to be the defensive player of the year.

  • yp both young an lou can get us anywere from 10-15ppg if both give us 12ppg and the rst of our bench gives us 20ppg combind we could have the highest scoring bench in the nba

  • yep both young an lou can get us anywere from 10-15ppg if both give us 12ppg and the rest of our bench gives us 20ppg combind we could have the highest scoring bench in the nba

  • Exactly and then you throw in Bass. That’s another 12-14 off the bench. Scott just has to use the bench properly or we need a new coach.

  • Exactly and then you throw in Bass. That’s another 12-14 off the bench. Scott just has to use the bench properly or we need a new coach.

  • And I still don’t know why fans wanted him to be traded. People don’t realize what was going on, not only with him, but also the team. A lot of things were all over the place. And I will reiterate, he was injured all of last season so that’s why it seemed like he was horrible on the court, but people forget that the previous season (2013-14), he was one of the top 6th man in the league (17.9 PPG). He showed improvement from previous seasons during that season. It is essential that we keep him as it’s always good to have a scorer come off the bench. You’re gonna need to find points elsewhere when the starters sit.
    GO SWAGGY P!!!!

  • And I still don’t know why fans wanted him to be traded. People don’t realize what was going on, not only with him, but also the team. A lot of things were all over the place. And I will reiterate, he was injured all of last season so that’s why it seemed like he was horrible on the court, but people forget that the previous season (2013-14), he was one of the top 6th man in the league (17.9 PPG). He showed improvement from previous seasons during that season. It is essential that we keep him as it’s always good to have a scorer come off the bench. You’re gonna need to find points elsewhere when the starters sit.
    GO SWAGGY P!!!!

  • Fakers lineup:
    Pg:
    Bust/old rookie
    Sg:
    Wanna be/ young 2.0
    Sf:
    Rapist/trigger happy /scrub
    Pf:
    Donut/chubby chaser /scrub
    Center:
    Mentally challenged /short/GOAT/pot dealer
    Coach:
    Idiot,,,

  • Starting lineup:
    pg- Russell
    Sg- Kobe
    SF- swaggy p
    Pf- Brandon bass
    C- hibbert

  • Starting lineup:
    pg- Russell
    Sg- Kobe
    SF- swaggy p
    Pf- Brandon bass
    C- hibbert

  • I am extremely disappointed with Swaggy as of today.

    Swaggy if you’re reading this, I’m a doubter but I would love nothing better than for you to make me a believer again!

  • I am extremely disappointed with Swaggy as of today.

    Swaggy if you’re reading this, I’m a doubter but I would love nothing better than for you to make me a believer again!

  • I agree with everything except the point about not giving 100%.

    -Maybe I’m old skool, but paid players should always give 100%.

  • I agree with everything except the point about not giving 100%.

    -Maybe I’m old skool, but paid players should always give 100%.

  • I’m not looking for stats, but I am hoping that Young, Williams and Bass give us enough talent on the bench to maintain a high level of play at all times.

    I think this year’s lakers squad mat have the best bench in the league. And it’s not always a guarantee but the team with the best bench usually plays past April.

  • I’m not looking for stats, but I am hoping that Young, Williams and Bass give us enough talent on the bench to maintain a high level of play at all times.

    I think this year’s lakers squad mat have the best bench in the league. And it’s not always a guarantee but the team with the best bench usually plays past April.

  • Josh stop thieving people’s names.

    There’s other sites for parasites like you.

    Try multiple personality disorder nation.

  • Josh stop thieving people’s names.

    There’s other sites for parasites like you.

    Try multiple personality disorder nation.

  • Starting lineup :
    Pg-bust
    Sg-Rapist
    Sf-trigger happy
    Pf-chubby boy
    C- Mentally deranged

  • I expect him to be traded as his valu far exceeds his salary for the right team.

    But I hope the team keeps him as I believe he’s the perfect type of “homegrown guy” that finds his role and excells.

    – Every lakers championship has at least one guy who played better than his 6th man role and helped carry the team.

  • Louis William’s size has nothing to do with his capabilities. Williams is a straight up certified baller.

  • I expect him to be traded as his value far exceeds his salary for the right team.

    But I hope the team keeps him as I believe he’s the perfect type of “homegrown guy” that finds his role and excells.

    – Every lakers championship has at least one guy who played better than his 6th man role and helped carry the team.

  • Louis William’s size has nothing to do with his capabilities. Williams is a straight up certified baller.

  • ^^^Copycat bitch hahaha

    Lin sucks!!!!
    (My stupid catch phrase) hahahahaha

  • When he struggled is when the scorers went down and suddenly he became the best option and teams could overload on him. He needs to be the 2nd or 3rd option on offense.

  • Best post of the thread.

    I will also add, that off the bench in a 6th man capacity his lack of defense isn’t as critical as it seems as (typically) he’s 10 times better than the #2 guy on the other team.

    I will say however, Young MUST learn how to play TEAM offense and not be a balm stopper. In his defense, I think he’s a guy who falls in line when he’s n a good team and has a very defined role (kinda like jr smith).

  • When he struggled is when the scorers went down and suddenly he became the best option and teams could overload on him. He needs to be the 2nd or 3rd option on offense.

  • Best post of the thread.

    I will also add, that off the bench in a 6th man capacity his lack of defense isn’t as critical as it seems as (typically) he’s 10 times better than the #2 guy on the other team.

    I will say however, Young MUST learn how to play TEAM offense and not be a balm stopper. In his defense, I think he’s a guy who falls in line when he’s on a good team and has a very defined role (kinda like jr smith).

  • Thanks joshhhh…

    What happened to you? At one point you did have a respected voice on this forum….

    – how the mighty have fallen. Beware the dark side.

  • Thanks joshhhh…

    What happened to you? At one point you did have a respected voice on this forum….

    – how the mighty have fallen. Beware the dark side.

  • Williams is the defacto backup SG and Young the backup SF. Young being 6’7″, Williams isn’t going to steal his SF minutes. People really have no clue when it comes to players and their given positions on the floor. Yes, there are periods where teams go small, stretch players into certain positions, fouls and other things influencing, but when you do more traditionally as Scott would, Young is a 3 and Williams is a 2. Fortunately, both Clarkson and Russell are 6’5″. So when either mans point with Williams at SG, they can switch off on defense.

  • Williams is the defacto backup SG and Young the backup SF. Young being 6’7″, Williams isn’t going to steal his SF minutes. People really have no clue when it comes to players and their given positions on the floor. Yes, there are periods where teams go small, stretch players into certain positions, fouls and other things influencing, but when you do more traditionally as Scott would, Young is a 3 and Williams is a 2. Fortunately, both Clarkson and Russell are 6’5″. So when either mans point with Williams at SG, they can switch off on defense.

  • His name is in Purple, yours is in Grey. We’ve already covered this. Soon you’ll be copycatting my name.

  • His name is in Purple, yours is in Grey. We’ve already covered this. Soon you’ll be copycatting my name.

  • I don’t doubt his talent, he’s got it, i doubt his work ethic, how he stays in shape,etc. Last year he got injured and he didn’t get treat, he went on vacation as far i read last year….. hope he can prove himself he can be waaaay better than just dribbling and shooting.

  • I don’t doubt his talent, he’s got it, i doubt his work ethic, how he stays in shape,etc. Last year he got injured and he didn’t get treat, he went on vacation as far i read last year….. hope he can prove himself he can be waaaay better than just dribbling and shooting.

  • Lakers possible lineup:
    Pg:
    Bust/old rookie
    Sg:
    Wanna be/ young 2.0
    Sf:
    Rapist/trigger happy /scrub
    Pf:
    Donut/chubby chaser /scrub/hobo
    Center:
    Mentally challenged /short/GOAT/pot dealer
    Coach:
    Idiot,,,,

  • having a great bench helps but we have had a top 5 bench the last two years it starts and ends with health for this teams playoff hopes

  • having a great bench helps but we have had a top 5 bench the last two years it starts and ends with health for this teams playoff hopes

  • Swaggy P was fun. I’ve been watching him since high school and he is what he is. A lot of shooters are either hotter than the fourth of July or colder than ice. There is no middle ground. Scott might be the second coming of Pat Riley, which may not be good for most of today’s young players. I think if Young relaxes and lets the game come to him, he’ll be alright. Having a true point guard, plus Kobe being back, will help his game tremendously.

  • Swaggy P was fun. I’ve been watching him since high school and he is what he is. A lot of shooters are either hotter than the fourth of July or colder than ice. There is no middle ground. Scott might be the second coming of Pat Riley, which may not be good for most of today’s young players. I think if Young relaxes and lets the game come to him, he’ll be alright. Having a true point guard, plus Kobe being back, will help his game tremendously.

  • when did he ever have a respected voice he was allways a fool who would rather have stanly jhonson then LeBron james

  • i hope you find joy in all this trolling cuz god knows you aint finding it in any other aspect of your life.

  • when did he ever have a respected voice he was allways a fool who would rather have stanly jhonson then LeBron james

  • i hope you find joy in all this trolling cuz god knows you aint finding it in any other aspect of your life.

  • I honestly want to know what hes doing with his life to be on these boards so much with a ton of different names just trolling. its really sad

  • I honestly want to know what hes doing with his life to be on these boards so much with a ton of different names just trolling. its really sad

  • We have shooters on the team, but what I believe they are trying to make is a solid unit out of this, where the ball is moving and not the same person taking most of the shot, and it should not have to be a circus SHOT of the ball stays moving until you have a good shot, and if that is done we are all playing BB not just one ir two.

  • We have shooters on the team, but what I believe they are trying to make is a solid unit out of this, where the ball is moving and not the same person taking most of the shot, and it should not have to be a circus SHOT of the ball stays moving until you have a good shot, and if that is done we are all playing BB not just one or two.

  • Dude will play better this year, I believe

    bye sacre and kelly, HELLO UPSHAW AND MWP

  • Dude will play better this year, I believe

    bye sacre and kelly, HELLO UPSHAW AND MWP

  • Kobe,JC,Lou,Randle, swagP and dlo……these guys will lead our team in scoring(either DLo or swagP will be our 5th option on offense

  • Kobe,JC,Lou,Randle, swagP and dlo……these guys will lead our team in scoring(either DLo or swagP will be our 5th option on offense

  • as long as swagP aint gaurding the ballhandler, he wont be a liability on defense

  • as long as swagP aint gaurding the ballhandler, he wont be a liability on defense

  • Lou and Nick can give us 25-30pts off the bench, not to mention, tarik,bass,mwp and marcelo minor contri off the bench

  • Lou and Nick can give us 25-30pts off the bench, not to mention, tarik,bass,mwp and marcelo minor contri off the bench

  • didn’t like what i saw in the scrimmages. chucking up shots. not able to create or be versatile. bottom line: kobe, clarkson and lou will get 70% of the shots. swaggy won’t be around for long.

  • didn’t like what i saw in the scrimmages. chucking up shots. not able to create or be versatile. bottom line: kobe, clarkson and lou will get 70% of the shots. swaggy won’t be around for long.

  • he’s not a baller, bro. he should go to paris already. that’s where his calling is.

  • he’s not a baller, bro. he should go to paris already. that’s where his calling is.

  • I’m not feeling this Huertas guy. Don’t see where he fits in really. Has a low, ugly release on his jumper too. He wasn’t doing anything special overseas so I don’t expect him to do anything on this level either.

  • I’m not feeling this Huertas guy. Don’t see where he fits in really. Has a low, ugly release on his jumper too. He wasn’t doing anything special overseas so I don’t expect him to do anything on this level either.

  • It’s gonna be a little awkward in these scrimmages because about 6 or 7 of these guys are still fighting to make the team and some are trying to secure their spot in the regular rotation. Whenever that’s the case, you’re going to have that type of play.

  • It’s gonna be a little awkward in these scrimmages because about 6 or 7 of these guys are still fighting to make the team and some are trying to secure their spot in the regular rotation. Whenever that’s the case, you’re going to have that type of play.

  • Swaggy I want him to do good but he started feeling himself a little to much. He’s not Kobe and he hasn’t won a ring! I hope he will be a bit more humble this year and succeed because he’s on our team either way! ??〽️?✌?️ Or ? Is back baby!!

  • The Paris comment was hilarious, what shoes should he wear ? As if we care? ! Wear warachez I don’t care!! Just play well!!

  • I bought some Lakers car flags at Walmart, but my mom won’t let me put them on her car.

  • I bought some Lakers car flags at Walmart, but my mom won’t let me put them on her car.

  • We gave him the fuel for the Swaggy P persona, and now we want to get mad at him for continuing to use it? I remember a poll year before last year that asked if you want the Lakers to re-sign Nick Young. Something like 95% of Lakers fans said yes. Let me guess … in 2014 we won a ton more games than 2015 right, so his personality wasn’t an issue? Oh wait … we didn’t? We only won 8 more games than 2015?

    We used Nick Young as a tool for our depression over the team as entertainment and comic relief while we lost, but then turned on him for trying to do what we licensed him to do the following year. Hypocritical high horse Lakers fans.

  • We gave him the fuel for the Swaggy P persona, and now we want to get mad at him for continuing to use it? I remember a poll year before last year that asked if you want the Lakers to re-sign Nick Young. Something like 95% of Lakers fans said yes. Let me guess … in 2014 we won a ton more games than 2015 right, so his personality wasn’t an issue? Oh wait … we didn’t? We only won 8 more games than 2015?

    We used Nick Young as a tool for our depression over the team as entertainment and comic relief while we lost, but then turned on him for trying to do what we licensed him to do the following year. Hypocritical high horse Lakers fans.

  • no he played really badly and then gave the same clown responses he did last year as if he was putting up last years numbers

  • no he played really badly and then gave the same clown responses he did last year as if he was putting up last years numbers

  • could it be that BS has a jealous streak because Swaggy has more persona than BS and getting more attention than BS ?????

  • could it be that BS has a jealous streak because Swaggy has more persona than BS and getting more attention than BS ?????

  • most of Swaggy’s remarks are in a jokester manner, it’s just to bad that some people can’t understand when a person is serious and just kidding around, that’s just his persona !!!!

  • most of Swaggy’s remarks are in a jokester manner, it’s just to bad that some people can’t understand when a person is serious and just kidding around, that’s just his persona !!!!

  • Swaggy Pee gave us something to laugh about for the last 2 years. Nick took all the interview heat off of Scott who should have appreciated the favor a little more than he did. Now that Scott and Jim Buss have gotten away with throwing Young under the bus, they need to let him out. Nick never deserved the blame for the Lakers that he received.

  • Swaggy Pee gave us something to laugh about for the last 2 years. Nick took all the interview heat off of Scott who should have appreciated the favor a little more than he did. Now that Scott and Jim Buss have gotten away with throwing Young under the bus, they need to let him out. Nick never deserved the blame for the Lakers that he received.

  • I was a bleeding Purple and Gold before you could identify one color from another.

  • I was a bleeding Purple and Gold before you could identify one color from another.

  • the problem wasnt him joking, it was him joking when we wanted serious answers. He would joke when asked how he wanted to better his game, or what he needed to work on and we dont need those types of jokes when the season itself was a joke enough

  • the problem wasnt him joking, it was him joking when we wanted serious answers. He would joke when asked how he wanted to better his game, or what he needed to work on and we dont need those types of jokes when the season itself was a joke enough

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