The ball felt good as Nick Young released it out his hands. The ball appeared to roll into the basket. So as he has done so many times before this season, Young held up his hands in celebration after it appeared he made a clutch shot.
Except this time, Young didn’t. Instead, he got robbed and we’re not talking about the $100,000 worth of goods stolen from his home earlier this week. The ball popped in and out of the basket. The 18,997 fans at Staples Center did not cheer. Confused over the apathy, Young turned around and realized what happened. And once it all ended, the sequence appeared on TNT’s “Shaqtin a Fool.”
But no matter.
THe Lakers’ 127-96 victory Tuesday over the New York Knicks still featured Young scoring 20 points in 18 minutes that also included a four-point play. But considering Young’s playful chirping in the locker room, it seems almost guaranteed his teammates are reminding him of this play again and again.