Whether this marked the end or just the beginning regarding his time with the Lakers, Nick Young sure provided the laughs during an otherwise dismal seasonn. Among the highlights:
-Young said Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak “was going to sign for $100 million. Hopefully he wasn’t lying. I’m just kidding.
-Young will opt out of his $1.2 million player option, though he hopes to stay with the Lakers: “It’s home for me and I pretty much haven’t been in this situation where the ball is in my court.”
-Young added that Kupchak relayed it would be better if he just opted in. Said Young: “I don’t know Mitch. We’ll see. Have your people call my people.”
-Young said his biggest highlights entailed his ejection against Phoenix and his 40-point performances. In all seriousness, he thought his ejection and calling teammates out for not defending him showed a moment of growth. There, Young both showed that he cares and that he’s not afraid to stand up for himself.
-Young on the Lakers’ long-term future: “The Lakers are never out. I’ve never seen the Lakers not make the playoffs two years in a row. They find a way to get in it through some kind of drastic change.”
-Young argued he could still thrive in the same scoring role presuming Kobe Bryant is healthy since he would likely come off the bench.
-Young conceded he still needs to sharpen up consistency on defense
-Young: “I’m still learning how to watch film…instead of just watching highlights of myself.”