Lakers forward Nick Young rarely finds shots he doesn’t like, making his introduction to Mike D’Antoni’s high-scoring offense a perfect fit. Perhaps a little too much.
“He’s been on me when I was passing so much,” said Young, who’s averaged 11.3 points and one assist in his six seasons. “I didn’t have that in a while. I’m excited.”
Is that true?
“Yeah, that’s the case,” D’Antoni said, rolling his eyes. “That won’t happen a whole lot.”
The Lakers signed Young this offseason partly because he could provide secondary scoring. But as Young competes for minutes at shooting guard during Bryant’s absence and a starting spot at small forward, another variable might come into play.
“It’s all concentration and taking care of details and make sure he’s not taking plays off,” D’Antoni said of Young. “Sometimes when you come into the league, you don’t play on championship teams or playoff teams, you get in bad habits. I tell Nick to concentrate on what he’s doing. There’s no reason he can’t defend.”
Why does Young do that?
“All this running,” Young said, smiling. “I got a little tired and he called me out on it every time. It’s in the back of my head right now.”
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