Nick Young Impersonates Kobe Bryant

At Friday’s shootaround in advance of the Lakers-Jazz game, Kobe Bryant went through some light set shooting drills at the practice facility.

Word was Bryant would address the media prior to tip-off at STAPLES Center, so naturally, a number of media members gathered around his locker pregame, hoping to speak with him for the first time since Christmas Day. Instead, Nick Young took a seat, drenched in sweat, ball in hand, and did his best Kobe impersonation.

Below is a transcription between Young,’s Mike Trudell and the media:

Mike Trudell: How’s the recovering going?
Young: You know, you seen me shooting a couple shots today. Obviously I’m feeling good. Might make a comeback this Sunday.

MT: What’s it like having the true heart of a lion?
Young: Ah man, as you can from my video I released three weeks ago, it showed the thunder and rain. I feel like I’ve been through it all.

MT: Do you feel like you’re the greatest of all time?
Young: Yeah, of course. I did so much in this game. 30,000-some points. On my way to 31 (thousand). Five rings. Yeah, 18 years. I’m the greatest. What can I say?

MT: Does it hurt your fractured knee when I hit it?
Young: The Mamba … I slither through things. We don’t have bones. What else can I say?

Reporter: What do you think of Nick Young?
Young: Has a lot of potential. I’ll work with him. He’ll be one of the great ones…

MT: Is Nick better than you?
Young: Not in this lifetime.