A second never goes by where Nick Young isn’t smiling or laughing.
So why wouldn’t he react the same way upon seeing former Lakers James Worthy and Byron Scott imitating Young’s smooth and laid back voice on a TWC SportsNet telecast?
“My mom called and told me,” Young said following Thursday’s practice at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “They were laughing aobut it. I thought they did a good job. It was all right.”
Indeed it was.
Both Worthy and Scott imitated how Young refers to himself in the third person by his self-given nickname, “Swaggy P.” Worthy and Scott poked fun at Young’s obsession with scoring. They lampoon how Young has suddenly played defense for the first time in his six-year NBA career.
Would Young like to return the favor and imitate them?
“Let me look at it a little bit more,” said Young, who, of course, was smiling. “I got James coming. Probably tomorrow. I got both of them coming. Expect some big things to come.”
In the meantime, Young devoted toward making fun of a familiar subject in Jordan Farmar, who became good friends as they grew up as friends playing together on the same summer league team despite playing for rival high schools in Cleveland High (Young) and Woodland Hills Taft High (Farmar).
Farmar took stationary shots Thursday as part of his rehab from a strained left hamstring that the Lakers expect will keep him out for a month. But Young, a former USC standout, playfully suggested that Farmar’s UCLA roots won’t allow him to heal quickly.
“They nurture themselves. They’ve been coddled a long time,” Young said of Bruin players, including Farmar. “They’re pretty boys over there. They’re not used to the rough life. It’s going to take Jordan a year to get over his cramp. He’ll be back next season.”
And with absences to Farmar, Steve Nash (back) and Kobe Bryant (left Achilles tendon), Young said he’ll willingly “pick up the slack” in taking over point guard duties. So much that he insists the ‘P” in his nickname stands for “pass.”
“Most definitely,” Young said. “That’s me being Swaggy P. Tell James to say that.”
He likely will, imitating Young’s smooth and laid-back voice that have become endearing to Laker fans.
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