Nick Young perfects the art of drawing fouls

Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) and guard Nick Young (0) smile as they walk off the court after defeating the Toronto Raptors 112-106 in NBA basketball action in Toronto, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) and guard Nick Young (0) smile as they walk off the court after defeating the Toronto Raptors 112-106 in NBA basketball action in Toronto, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

TORONTO — Nick Young seems eager to talk about anything.

He glowed about the Lakers’ 112-106 win Sunday over the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre where he scored 29-point performance on an efficient 7-of-13 clip in 31 minutes. Young jokingly teased Xavier Henry for playfully throwing his jersey in the trashcan before the game. Young relished how calling out his teammates for not supporting him during last week’s altercation in Phoenix brought the team closer together.

But then there was a subject that suddenly made Young go sour. Is there an art toward Young drawing so many fouls that he went 10-of-11 from the free throw line?

“I can’t tell you all that man,” Young said to me. “You ask too many questions, personal questions. The refs are going to stop calling it for me. People will start fouling me. And I’m going to be stuck with five points.”

Well, Young did lament earlier this season about the officials disrespecting the Lakers because they lack the star power they once had. But he has become only the fourth Laker in franchise history to collect four four-point plays this season. Against Toronto, Young drew fouls by finishing his dazzling array of moves by angling his body to create contact.

“He has a herky-jerky [move],” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “It’s hard to time what he does. He slants his body in a way that they’ve got to be careful. Sometimes they get a little exuberant because he can light you up and now they’re real aggressive on him. He’s good.”

Young nodded his head when relayed about D’Antoni’s comments.

“Only a few of us can do that,” Young said before joking rookie forward Ryan Kelly has mimicked his strategy. “It’s a little bit of everything. No one wants to get a shot in their face.”

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