Posts Tagged ‘Nick Young’

POLL: Which Nick Young 360 was the swaggiest of them all?

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Lakers guard Nick Young has been one of the few bright spots this season for Lakers fans. The Lakers may have missed the postseason, but Young, who calls himself Swaggy P, has provided a steady stream of entertainment, both on the court and off the court.

During last night’s game against the Grizzlies, Young drove baseline and completed a 360 layup. It was an awesome shot, the kind of singular, creative, athletic move that we’ve come to expect from Young. But as we look back through Young’s history, we realized the 360 is a staple of Young’s arsenal.

So we put together a Swaggy sampler of some of Nick Young’s greatest spinning hits. Vote for the swaggiest of them all in the poll at the bottom…

1. Last night against the Grizzlies

VIDEO: Nick Young 360 against Grizzlies

2. 360 dunk last season

VIDEO: Nick Young 360 dunk

3. 360 denied by Andris Biedrins

VIDEO: Biedrins blocks 360

4. 360 against the Grizzlies two years ago

VIDEO: Other 360 against the Grizzlies

5. 360 against the Lakers

VIDEO: 360 against the Lakers

6. 360 over the backboard

VIDEO: 360 over the backboard

Your turn. Rate the swag, please…

Nick Young takes two of each snack item

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last evening, faced with a night off in Milwaukee, the Lakers held one of those team-building exercises, going as a group to a screening of the film Noah. And as Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell captured for posterity, leave it to Nick Young to go all-in at the concession stand…

(via TNLP)

Nick Young gets swaggy too soon

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While former coach Phil Jackson has recently moved East to take a gig running the Knicks and Kobe works on his business chops, the Lakers have managed to still play hard, such as last night when they delivered a decisive 127-96 win over the Knicks. Even as their fortunes have flagged, guard Nick Young has been relentlessly upbeat, what with his irrepressible swag. Being swaggy is fun and all, but as we saw last night, you have to make sure you know when to let your swag show…for instance, maybe wait until the ball is all the way in the basket…


VIDEO: Swaggy Three

The 2013-14 All Ball YOLO All-Stars

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there’s one thing I’ve learned from attending a dozen All-Star Weekends, it’s that at its core, All-Star Weekend is about the fans. The fans actually select the starting line-ups, and fans travel from near and far to hit up Jam Session and All-Star Saturday Night and the Rising Stars Challenge and, of course, all the parties.

In some broader sense, the All-Star Game is about recognizing the best players from each conference. Sure, there are a couple of rim-rattling dunks and the occasional long-range shot that falls. And if you’re lucky, really lucky, the game is close down the stretch, and then everyone’s competitive juices kick in and you might just get a memorable finale. The main purposes of most participants in the actual All-Star Game? They wear funky uniforms, get a little run in, hang out with their buddies, and then they go back to their own teams for the stretch run and the Playoffs.

But that’s not why I’m watching the All-Star Game. And I think most people tuning in or even attending All-Star are looking to have a similar question answered: Are we not entertained? No matter what the Fun Police tell you, at All-Star weekend, nobody is looking at efficiency stats or plus/minus ratings. We want to see Shaq playing point guard. We want to see Gilbert Arenas joining the Elvis impersonators and dunking off of a trampoline. Simply put: We want the All-Star Game — and the entire weekend, really — to be fun.

So you can argue all you want about who does and who doesn’t deserve to be named to the actual Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams. Instead, I present to you my annual YOLO All-Stars. (If you didn’t know, YOLO is an acronym for You Only Live Once.) These are the guys who deserve to be All-Stars based on my own vague All Ball Blog criteria. I considered all of the following elements: hilarity; social media proficiency; general swag; likelihood the player will do something memorable; dunking/dribbling/shooting ability; previous Shaqtin’ A Fool appearances; mentions on the All Ball Blog.

To be clear, those categories are listed in no particular order, with no importance or weight to any given specific category. These are just the players I think it would be fun to see in an All-Star Game. If we want to be entertained, these are the players that will give it to us. Meet your 2013-14 NBA YOLO All-Stars…

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers — Always a blast on Twitter, and a man who appreciates good humor.
F – Chris Bosh, Miami Heat — Will be in charge of all videobombing.
F – LeBron James, Miami Heat — Not only is he a force on Twitter, which is good enough to qualify for the YOLO All-Stars, but he’s also the reigning MVP, so that wins him an invite.
G – J.R. Smith, New York Knicks — In the YOLO All-Star Game, untying shoes will be encouraged.
G – Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers — UNCLE DREW!

Bench
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks — The Greek Freak is perhaps the most unconventional athlete in the league, so you never know what he’s going to pull off next. He also loves smoothies, and with the All-Star Game being played in the newly-named Smoothie King Center, what could be more perfect?
Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors — One of my favorites on social media.
Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets — Eurostep!
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons — Will be in charge of Vine videos throughout the weekend.
Metta World Peace, New York Knicks — Still the best.
Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers — He may not have made the actual All-Star Game, but I can’t knock his hustle. Besides, he dunked on a ref, which is awesome.
Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards — Anyone with a pet snake named Snakey and a skeleton that rides a Segway is a lifetime YOLO All-Star.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Robin Lopez, Portland Trail Blazers — He’s a nerd and he’s proud of it.
F – Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves — We’ll have him making coffee for everyone.
F – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder — If LeBron is on the East, we might as well put KD on the West.
G – Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers — My favorite dribbler in the NBA.
G – James Harden, Houston Rockets — The beard is fun on its own, but Harden’s also made a heavy push into social media the last few years. Maybe he can perform at halftime.

Bench
Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers — You can’t have a YOLO game without Swaggy P.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers — Founder of #4BarFriday.
Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies — Perhaps my favorite NBA player to challenge his team owner to a game of one-on-one.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs — Broken nose and all, Bonner is always entertaining.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors — Always a candidate to dunk on someone. Or to review an episode of “Breaking Bad.”
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings — Hard not to select someone who’s nickname is “Boogie.”
JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Really the perfect player for this game.
Nate Robinson, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Go long, Nate will throw you the pineapple.

So there’s my YOLO All-Stars. Who would you put on your YOLO All-Star team? Let us know below in the comments!

Nick Young Explains It All

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERNick Young has played on a few teams over the years, but this season the Los Angeles native has returned home to play for the Lakers, and the man who calls himself “Swaggy P” has performed well on the biggest stage of his career. But who (or what) exactly influences Swaggy P? Is he actually related to Kendrick Lamar? How many black suits does Kobe Bryant own?

In this 1on1 video from Lakers.com, Nick Young talks about all that and more. I’m actually pretty excited about Swaggy P night.


VIDEO: Nick Young 1on1

Horry Scale: Taj Tops L.A.


VIDEO: Gibson’s Game Winner

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — After a flurry of Horry Scale entries around the winter holidays, we went into a long slumber, with no game-winning buzzer-beaters since January 3, when Andre Iguodala last made an entry. But now, after a long day of NBA action, thanks to Taj Gibson and the Chicago Bulls’ 102-100 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, we have yet another GWBB to break down.

Before we get too far into this, we should stop and explain why we’re here: What is the Horry Scale? For those who are new around these parts, the Horry Scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time?), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Kings-Pistons game?) and celebration (is it over the top or too chill? Just the right panache or needs more sauce?). Then we give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, the patron saint of last-second daggers.

With the groundwork laid, let’s do this, shall we?

DIFFICULTY
With 0.9 left on the clock, the Bulls most likely had to run a play where the guy who caught the ball was heading toward the basket. If you watch closely, even before the ball is inbounded to Gibson, every Bulls player is streaking toward the rim, ready and able to get off a last-second shot. Jimmy Butler acts as sort of a bulldozer, moving Lakers guard Nick Young out of the lane. And as Gibson cuts to the basket, he manages to pin his defender, Lakers wing Manny Harris, behind him, basically creating a Taj-Gibson-sized target moving toward the rim. Yet with all seven-feet of Pau Gasol defending Mike Dunleavy, who was there to make the pass, Dunleavy had to resort to a bounce pass to get the ball to Gibson. Gasol spun around and ended up running at Gibson, nearly blocking the shot. But Gibson made a smooth catch and lefty layup (he shoots his jumpers righty), all in less than a second. If all that wasn’t enough, according to Bulls announcer Chuck Swirsky, Gibson said he’d never even made a game-winner before …

Nice way to start.

GAME SITUATION
Since trading away Luol Deng and waiving Andrew Bynum, the immediate future of the Bulls — or at least their intentions — has been somewhat murky. Their roster may not be what we thought it would be at the start of the season, but Tom Thibodeau teams always play hard, and Monday night was no exception. Even after taking a three-point lead in overtime, which Nick Young erased via free throws with four seconds to go, these Bulls don’t know when to say when.

CELEBRATION
One of the problems endemic to GWBB’s is that often the players involved aren’t even sure whether or not the shot actually beat the buzzer, which can lead to some subdued celebrations. Still, the Bulls players were pretty excited, including a leaping chest/shoulder bump between Jo Noah and Gibson. But if there was an image that summed up how great the Bulls felt about the win, it was the shot of all-business Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau smiling and giving Gibson five as they left the court.

GRADE
Lefty layup. Contested shot. Slick inbounds play. Overtime. Thibs smiling. Thibs smiling! I have been criticized in the past for being too tough on some shots, but the only thing I discount about this game/play is that it was a .500 team (Chicago) against a team 10 games under .500 (L.A.). If this was a playoff game I’d go five Horrys. But for now, I’m going four Horrys …

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What say you? How many Horrys does Taj Gibson’s shot deserve?

Nick Young Performs The Ol’ Stuck Ball Trick

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I feel like this is a great opportunity to remind everyone, including and especially Nick Young, that Shaqtin’ A Fool returns tonight on TNT’s “Inside The NBA” …


VIDEO: Nick Young Stuck Ball Trick

Mamba Doesn’t Have Bones

This just goes to show that a little time is all you need to get over anger, frustration and disappointment. After visibly showing his displeasure with Evan Turner‘s last-second, rubbing-it-in jam, the Lakers’ in-house Laugh Factory resident Nick “Swagy P” Young was back to his old, quirky self. This time Young steps into the shoes of injured Lakers star Kobe Bryant and does an interview as if he is the Mamba himself.

 

 

You have to appreciate the “humility” of Young, because we all know Kobe would never say anybody is better than he is. Even with a broken leg.
(h/t Bleacher Report)

Turner Riles Up Lakers With Late Jam


VIDEO: Evan Turner’s late-game dunk

By Jonathan Hartzell, NBA.com

Evan Turner didn’t make many friends in Los Angeles with this 180-degree dunk at the end of Sunday night’s game.

The Sixers led the Lakers 109-104 with less than ten seconds left when James Anderson grabbed a long-rebound to seal the win for Philadelphia. Instead of holding the ball for the final four seconds, Anderson passed it ahead to Turner, who didn’t think twice before throwing down the monster dunk to act as an exclamation point on their win. As you can see towards the end of the video, the Lakers’ Nick Young – and probably the rest of the Lakers team — did not take too kindly to Turner breaking an unwritten NBA rule.

Turner attempted to apologize for the dunk to Young and other Lakers after the game. But they didn’t seem too keen to accept it.

A similar situation occurred last season between the Portland Trail Blazers and Chicago Bulls when a rookie Damian Lillard couldn’t help but add some emphasis to his team’s win. His action quickly drew displeasure from Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson.


VIDEO: Lillard’s late-game dunk irks Bulls’ veterans last season

Los Angeles Lakers Attempt To Name Santa’s Reindeer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you’re not already in the holiday season, here’s video of a reporter (apparently from the ABC affiliate in Los Angeles) asking members of the Lakers if they can name all nine of Santa’s reindeer. Some players do pretty well, some have a little more trouble with the question. I agree with Pau Gasol — Rufus has always been one of my favorite reindeer.


VIDEO: Lakers Name Reindeer