Nick Young On Lakers Offensive Identity: ‘I Don’t Believe We Have One’

The Los Angeles Lakers offense has had its moments during the 2015-16 NBA season, but for the most part, it has been a disappointment.

Both players and coaches have preached ball movement, but most of the Lakers possessions seem to end in isolation for Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson, or any other player on the floor at that time.

The lack of offensive identity for the Lakers is apparent and after practice, Nick Young agreed that the team lacks an identity and noted that so many one-on-one players is making the offense stagnant via Lakers Nation’s YouTube Channel:

“Right now, I don’t believe we have one. I think we’re a lot of one-on-one players, including myself, and I think that’s one of the major parts of why our offense is so stagnant.”

Young also believes that all of the losses the Lakers are taking this season is causing the team to lose themselves:

“The more we lose, we’re losing ourselves and I think we got to get back to just being a team, talking, and having fun and not putting so much pressure on ourselves. Just go out there and play the game we’ve been playing forever.”

Despite their 2-12 record, the Lakers have been within striking distance in the majority of their games only to fall apart down the stretch. That is normal for a young team, but so many losses are sure to take their toll at some point.

One way to fix that and get some wins is to improve their offense. Ball and player movement have been mostly non-existent for the Lakers. While there are many other issues, getting that together will at least begin to turn some things around.

Sigh… 217 til the draft. Only thing is, if we don’t get a top 3 pick we don’t have a first rounder. We would either have to trade for one and/or go through free agency.

Here are the top 10 free agents of 2016:

1. Kevin Durant SF
2. Lebron James SF
3. Andre Drummond C
4. Dwight Howard C
5. Bradley Beal SG

6. Al Horford PF
7. Pau Gasol PF
8. Dwayne Wade SG
9. Hassan Whiteside C
10. Mike Conley PG

Sad thing is, even I wouldn’t want to tarnish my career by attaching myself to a sinking ship. The only thing that would change my mind is money and lots of it.

  • A repeat of last season or maybe worse. In the words of Wes Johnson as I think it is proper to post it here as this sounds very familiar.

    CBS , dated oct 3rd.
    Johnson, who played three seasons with the Lakers, said Tuesday that last season’s injury-filled 21-61 debacle was frustrating at best. He said there was a constant air of uncertainty once the game started because every player wanted to play the hero.
    “You would go out there and want to play the right way, but everyone wanted to prove themselves,” Johnson said as the Clippers wrapped up their brief training camp at UC Irvine.“So nobody really knew what was going on. Nobody ever knew, so it was hard for anyone to come in and get into a good rhythm or flow. Nobody was playing together.”
    “I would be trying to play the flow of the game, but it was hard to get into the flow. You don’t know what’s going on,” Johnson said about the Lakers’ offense last season. “You want to come out there and touch the ball and sometimes it would go in spurts, but then you don’t even get to touch it. You want to play off people but it’s tough when you don’t get the ball.

    I have to admit , I’m not a big fan of Swiggy P (yes iggy) , but as of late he has been making a lot of sense.

  • We are in a predicament , but like most problems it can be fixed , the real problem starts with the people coaching and the people running the organization, are they equipped to solve this problem. Only time will tell.

  • Wow, this is the most substantial insight offered by someone from within the Lakers organization in a long time. And of all people, it’s from Nick Young. Now you know this team has some serious issues lol.

    In all seriousness though, he’s spot on. The offense is non existent. BS doesn’t run plays. Guys have no idea what they’re doing. Even on possessions when we move the ball well, it usually just results in an iso with 5 seconds left on the clock. I saw that occur at least 10 times last night. This could possibly be managed if we had a decent coach who was able to manage egos and display actual leadership. As long as BS is at the helm, this team won’t have an offense and the defense will continue to be atrocious.


  • He can thank archaic paid a$$ kisser Byron Scott for that, along with Mitch “Lost his touch” Kupchak for signing all these iso playing ball hogs, not signing a true back up center and not signing a veteran PG.

  • And we aren’t getting any of them until Kobe officially retires and they fire Byron.

  • Young and Wes is somewhat right about the Lakers current situation. Everyone seem to be frustrated with the offense and end up missing a lot of shots. Plus add that there’s so many new guys. But even with new guy, this shouldn’t be an excuse. Look at New York and Sacramento, they’re doing better than us. And they have a “plan”.

  • Haha, not only is Nick Young preaching ball movement, he’s also the voice of reason and currently the best wing defender on the team. This is bizarro-world. You know all kinds of things are wrong when this occurs. Well done Nick for telling it like it is.

  • Hornets forward David West talks to the media Thursday after it was announced that Coach Byron Scott had been fired.

    “We’re not going to be as predictable as we have been in the past. I know that, having played for Tim before,” said West, a sixth-year veteran. “That’s something I’m looking forward to, in terms of style of play.”

    West said that the team’s philosophy wasn’t working, and Scott’s pride might have been a factor

    “We’ve had some conversations over the past couple of weeks, just trying to figure out what we could do to get the ship righted, but … pride is a crazy thing,” he said. “I think pride is a dangerous, dangerous thing. I think there was a sense a few guys weren’t trusting what we had in terms of our system and our ability to know what we were going to get every single night from our system.

    West said the players should be receptive to Bower and Floyd because “what we had wasn’t working.”

    “I think the good thing is that we’re 3-6, so getting back to .500 or in the right direction isn’t something out of the realm of possibility.”

    Sounds all to familiar.

  • Lakers sign Lebron and Whiteside to team up with D’Lo, JC and Randle. It’s just a dream right? Nyahahahahahaha!

  • lebron? nah….. i want kevin durant.
    forget everyone else…………
    except russell westbrook!
    he can come too!

  • byron scott got fired?
    when was this????
    hes still the coach dude…….

  • actually we probably wont get any of them anyways.
    whether Kobe retires or not…….
    stop hatin’
    its like smoking, its bad for your health.

  • Only way to get that top 3 pick is to completely tank and who better than Scott and kobe to take us there… genius move by mitch.

  • Nick young has always been an average-solid defender but if he’s the best one on the wing that just proves this team needs more stoppers, and no MWP doesn’t count he’s too slow

  • ?!?
    You can’t be serious? When has David West ever played for the Lakers? You must be sipping on that good ole spiked eggnog? LMAO

  • Said it since DH’s departure on this site, players want to compete now and are very hesitant in being part of rebuilds. The inept have done a disservice to the brand by so called saving cap $$ to sign top tier talent in 2015/2016 as some here also believed. Won’t bring up names but you know who you are trolls. (lol)

    Problem is they forgot about building starting DEPTH first. FO thought the brand itself was good enough to lure talent. Next season Jim will step aside which likely goes for Kupcake as GM (VP). Need some new blood and visionary talent at the FO b/c Jeanie lacks the experience/knowledge to run the show.

  • Lakers odds will decrease their odds in keeping the pick if they don’t finish the yr with the worst record (unlikely). Best bet IMO, is to acquire a/few key pieces (depth/assets) at the starting rotation (preferably the 3, 4 or 5). That will help stabilize things somewhat while helping the youth since it’s unlikely they’ll turn the brand’s fortune around by next season = inexperience.

  • Best for the coach to stop daydreaming about the Lakers past and focus on the now. B/c this looks like his last gig as a coach since he’s doing a disservice to the youth movement and decreasing the odds in being able to turn things around sooner than later.

  • best case: KD(ufa) and Drummond(rfa)

    bron and howard will stay, drummond and beal are UFA(teams can match)
    horford? good player but nah
    Pau for the 3rd best big man role….yeah deal!
    Wade will retire as a heat
    Whiteside is an RFA(heat can and will match)
    Conley? we got Dlo and JC with Lou and swagP backing up

    prediction: IF the lakers will sign KD, there’s a HIGH chance either Drummond or Whiteside will sign here too….but that means KD,Drummond and JC will be the highest paid on the team which could cause either Randle or Dlo sign to other teams when the rookie contract is up…….

  • You’re forgetting one key free agent, Harrison Barnes. Yes he’s restricted but golden state’s payroll is at 90 mil. Offer Barnes $20mil to be our 3 of the future, he’s 23 years old currently making 3 mil. You can also poison pill ezieli as well and they can always fire Byron and bring in Luke. It gives us building blocks for the future and weakens the Warriors.

  • You forgot DeMar DeRozan SG. He’s probably the most likely to come since he’s from LA.

  • I’d only want both Westbrook and Durant on the Lakers if we have a coach that will maximize the pairing. Otherwise, why bother?

  • I think if the Lakers managed to go 3-16, Scott stays to the end of the season and plays the fall guy to cover for tanking for Simmons. 😀

  • It’s not the collection of iso ballhogs, it’s the lack of a coach to put them in their place. Every team has ballhogs. Difference being, they have a coach that the players respect enough to listen to while also having a coach that knows what they’re doing enough to want to.

  • I just felt Scott was the wrong guy for the job. I’ve defended the FO over the years and stick firmly to those arguments but the premise of this rebuild with Scott at the helm has been grossly mishandled.

    The elephant in the room right now is one that’s been for quite some time…

    Trying to fit a coach other than Phil with Kobe. I know eyes are twitching and blame Kobe rants will be coming soon but if you keep it real this is the cold truth.

    Mike Brown should not have been fired. When I think of the coaching staff he had I can only shake my head. Steve Clifford, Quinn Snyder and Ettorre Messina. All three excellent coaches, two of which are now head coaches having success leading their new teams. The other was scooped up by the Spurs but chose to go back to his roots in Europe.

    I look at Scott’s staff and scratch my head. Until we have a coach that does not have to compromise his philosophy for one player, team chemistry will remain an issue.

  • Nick should be starting at the 3 he is playing the best of all small forwards we have !!! MDA should replace BS since we are still paying the guy and the team will thrive with his offensive genius , he should have never been replaced by the worst coach in the NBA , college or HS ! KB pleeeeeze fake an injury and retire you are embarrassing to watch and ruining your legacy !!!!!!! Come on Mitch fire this poser clown of a coach !!!

  • They got rid of MDA and then brought Jeremy Lin. Let that sink in…. Nothing ever makes sense since Dr. Buss passing. If signing Jeremy is the cards you can’t let MDA go and bring in BS. They aren’t making moves based on logical basketball decisions and they haven’t for a long time. Now you got all these young guys and BS is still your coach? He can’t coach young guys, heck he can’t coach veterans either. Fire BS, fire Jimmy, fire Mitch, and for the love of God don’t bring Kobe back next year, you got to start anew. The ball is in Jeanie’s hands.

  • When NYoung isn’t clowning for the cameras he makes thoughtful statements. The Lakers already will not make the playoffs. Hopefully no changes are made. LA needs Scott to keep playing his worst players and schemes in order to finish bottom 3.

  • Good read. Had high hopes for Scott but he’s really bad. He’s living on his showtime reputation and I remember him as a last option offensively. Shouldn’t be a coach at all.

  • Kobe’s that girlfriend where you’ve been together soo long it feels like you’re brother and sister and you can’t brake up because she’s delusional and in denial.
    Coming in April “The Breakup 2”

  • Excellent points. Completely agree. We need total reboot like Ainge did with the Celtics.

  • To lakernation, shame on u! Why keep holding my post wen im only sharing d truth??

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