“Los Angeles Lakers players Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Lin and Nick Young (l-r) share the stage during the panel discussion portion of the 11th annual Lakers All-Access event at Staples Center January 6, 2015.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)”
The 11th annual Lakers All-Access event started out on Tuesday evening like they always do.
Time Warner Cable SportsNet play-by-play announcer Bill Macdonald has hosted the event and asks Laker legends and current players and coaches nearly everything. Memories of the Lakers’ glorious past. The endless storylines surrounding the Lakers’ current season. And some fun questions as well.
But this year, the script was rewritten. The Lakers’ Nick Young, Jeremy Lin and Wayne Ellington represented one of the panels, and that segment soon turned into the equivalent of an improv comedy sketch mostly headlined by Young and Lin. Below is the rundown:
Macdonald: “Here’s the Swagasaurus, the Swagalicious General. How many shots you miss last night? Where’s that ‘IDM?’ Come on, I love the ‘IDM’ though.”
Young: “I look good, don’t I? Damn I’m looking good these days.”
Macdonald: “Who’s the worst dressed guy on the team Nick?
Young: I’m sitting next to him (motions to Lin)
Lin: “Nick wears spandex as pants. So I don’t know. He’s struggling on his side of the locker room. It takes him 30 minutes to get his jeans on.”
Macdonald: “Nick, did you hear Byron Scott’s imitation of you?”
Young: “He did it up here?”
Macdonald: “He came hard with it”
Macdonald: “Like right now, 10 minutes ago. Do you have an imitation of him?”
Young: “Nah man, I got to get in the games sometimes.”
Macdonald: “Exactly. That’s what he said. He said, ‘If you come with an imitation of me, then there goes your playing time immediately.”
Nick, I said to Byron it’s 10 games in and nothing is going right. Then you bring the Swag Factor back. Did you see that with this team that they weren’t having a whole lot of fun? What’s that all about in bringing that to these guys?
Young: “What’s it like to bring the Swag to the team? I think they need it. It’s just me being me and it tends to wear off on my man Jeremy Lin and Wayne started hitting some 3’s. That’s all that matters. As long as we’re doing our thing and talking trash, you’ll see me hitting 3’s and jumping up and down the court. That’s cool, right?”
Lin: “Yeah, first couple nights he came back, he couldn’t sleep too well. He had too much swag on. He’s right. The most important thing is we go out and have fun. It’s a game. We all play on the same unit, coming off the bench and bringing energy. As long as we’re doing that, moving the ball and having fun, that brings smiles to our faces.”