Posts Tagged ‘Nick Young’

NBA players dominate kids

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players are the best of the best, elite athletes who have reached the peak of their sport, and perhaps even the top of the sporting world. They have honed their craft and skills to reach their place among the greats, and they will do whatever it takes to prove that dominance against any opponent, no matter the size or challenge that opponent presents.

But as we’ve seen several times the last few weeks, as good as NBA players are against their peers, they are absolutely dominant against children. Seriously, kids, don’t challenge NBA players.

For instance, here’s what happened when this kid recently tried to defend JR Smith one-on-one…

Or how about Jazz forward Jeremy Evans? He actually took on two kids, a boy and a girl, and broke one kid’s ankles then dunked on the other one…

And then there’s Chicago’s Joakim Noah, who takes on an army of kids and dispatches all of them…

But fear not, kids! Because every once in a while, even if it is a really rare while, one of the kids stands up for the rest and shows an NBA player that maybe they aren’t quite infallible. Just ask Nick Young

Nick Young’s basketball camp seems like fun

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While we wait to find out what the future holds for Nick Young, the man known as Swaggy P has been busy at his eponymous basketball camp. And not only does Young lend his name to the camp, he gets out on the court with the kids, where Swaggy blocks shots…and — make sure you stick around for the last video — occasionally bites on a vicious pump fake…

Lakers fan posts billboard urging Nick Young to stay

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Almost exactly one year ago, the Lakers posted billboards around Los Angeles in an effort to get free agent Dwight Howard to remain a member of the Lakers. That may not have worked out so well (or maybe you think it did, all things considered), but it hasn’t stopped another Lakers fan from trying a similar tact. All Ball all-star Nick “Swaggy P” Young, the most entertaining member of the Lakers last season, recently opted out of his contract in order to become a free agent. And while he’s said he’d like to stay in his hometown, at least a few Lakers fans apparently agree with him. Check out this billboard featuring a gold-toothed smile urging Swaggy P to stay in L.A….

Nick Young tries being a ‘Starter’

By Jeff Case

Lakers star/swag master Nick “Swaggy P” Young turns 29 today, but on Friday, he got a little bit of an early gift.

Young was in Atlanta to tape an NBA Style segment for NBA TV (you can watch that here), and while he was in town, “The Starters” had him on set to take a crack at helping Leigh Ellis with the Tweet of the Week.

Swaggy P tried his best, but may need some more teleprompter practice …

VIDEO: Nick Young pays a visit to “The Starters”


Nick Young got his nickname from God

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We learn more and more about Nick Young every day, and this is a good thing. We’ve seen him volunteer to coach the Lakers, throw out a wild first pitch, visit a hockey game, even unleash his swag too soon. But one thing I’d never thought to question was how he got the nickname Swaggy P.

As it turns out, according to a video Nick posted on his must-follow Instagram account, the nickname was a gift from God. Literally.

Nick Young volunteers to coach the Lakers

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Los Angeles Lakers need a new coach. Their swaggy shooting guard, Nick Young, who is always up to something interesting and could become a free agent this summer, could possibly need a new job.

So in some ways it makes perfect sense that Young would volunteer to coach the Lakers. After all, who is more Hollywood than Swaggy P? Let’s make this happen, Lake Show…

Shaqtin’ A Fool: Worst Of Round 1 & #ShaqtinMVP

VIDEO: Shaqtin A Fool: Worst of Round 1

Vote for your favorite Shaqtin’ A Fool moment from the First Round of the playoffs and tweet your favorite to #Shaqtin.

Don’t forget to tune in to NBA TV on June 11 at 9 p.m. ET for a special 30-minute edition of Shaqtin’ A Fool that will culminate in the naming of the 2013-14 #ShaqtinMVP!


Nick Young throws swaggy first pitch at Dodgers game

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I was at the Heat/Bobcats Game 2 last night in Miami to write about it for, and as one does, I was checking Twitter throughout the game. While I was on Twitter, I kept seeing tweets about Nick Young throwing out the first pitch at a Dodgers game in Los Angeles (along with Lakers teammate Jordan Farmar). Coming so close on the heels of his great adventure at the NHL playoffs, I knew this was tailor-made for All Ball.

Because of the angle of this video it’s a little hard to tell exactly where the pitch ends up. But whenever the catcher stands and turns around and starts looking for the ball, that’s never a good sign…

What’s cooler than cool? Swaggy P at a hockey game

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Lakers season may be over, but the always entertaining adventures of Nick Young, a.k.a. Swaggy P, who endured this awful Lakers season with what felt like unlimited enthusiasm.

Just because the season is over, though, doesn’t mean the Swaggy stops. Last night Swaggy went to an L.A. Kings hockey playoff game and had a chance to be as swaggy as ever…including a chance to ride shotgun on the Zamboni…

(via FTW)

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

By Lang Whitaker,

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…