It turns out not everyone likes Nick Young’s swag.
After throwing a thunderous dunk in what marked the lone highlight of the Lakers’ 102-83 loss on Saturday to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena, Young tried duplicating the play again. But before he had a chance, Warriors forward Marreese Speights wrapped his arms around Young’s neck as soon he charged into the lane.
“He took me out,” Young said. “I was ready to go for a dunk and next thing you know, he took me out as I was about to power up. I was definitely knocked up.”
Speights immediately earned a flagrant foul 2 and an automatic ejection. Young looked visibly angry and exchanged words. But both officials and Lakers center Robert Sacre immediately intervened. Young also quickly backed away and restored his composure.
“I knew if I get ejected,” Young said, “we would go to Phoenix with another person out.” Young said.
Young makes a good point. The Lakers (13-14) head into Monday’s game against the Suns already with a depleted backcourt including Kobe Bryant (fractured left knee), Steve Nash (nerve issues in back), Steve Blake (hyperextended right elbow) and Jordan Farmar (strained left hamstring). Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni also said he remains unsure whether Pau Gasol will play after sitting out against the Warriors because of a respiratory illness.
How did Young keep his cool?
“I had a lot to think about in a quick moment,” Young said. I was still angry. I was just glad my teammates came to help me.”
But that feeling quickly died down. Enough for the never-ending smiling Young to say afterwards, “Me and Speights are cool.”
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