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Nick Young Gettin’ Buckets

Swaggy P. and former Washington Wizards teammate Gilbert Arenas went head-to-head in a shooting contest on a Fisher Price basketball hoop.

The two matched each other bucket for bucket.

Who won? You be the judge.

Young Out for Road Trip

Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles LakersInjury ReportGuard Nick Young, who returned to the floor Sunday against the Nets after missing the previous six games, is not expected to play on the team’s mid-west back-to-back trip that beings tonight in Indianapolis.

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.

Robert Sacre and Nick Young Havin’ Fun

We’ve heard numerous times from the players and the coaching staff how this year’s 2013-14 Lakers squad is a good group of guys.

After the Lakers 88-85 win at Charlotte,’s Mike Trudell was conducting interviews in the locker room and witnessed some lively postgame banter between Robert Sacre and Nick Young.

Sacre called Young “the Screech of the league.” Young poked fun at Sacre’s hair, or lack thereof. Sacre fired back, of course. Just some teammates havin’ some good ol’ fun.

NBA’s Screech

Friday Practice Roundup

blog_131004nashLakers swingman Nick Young fully participated in Friday’s practice after missing the end of Thursday’s with an ankle injury. Young says he tweaked the ankle on Tuesday, but there had been some lingering pain. He maintains that although the ankle isn’t 100 percent, the pain will be manageable.

“It’s feeling good,” Young said. “I came in early and got some treatment, so I should be ready to go (on Saturday).”

While Young is expected to suit up, both Steve Nash and Pau Gasol are unlikely to play in Saturday’s preseason game vs. Golden State. The coaching staff will continue to monitor the two as they work their way back physically.

“(Nash) is good,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He said he felt really good and didn’t want to push it too much. He probably won’t play tomorrow, and then play Sunday. Pau (won’t) play back to back’s. I’m thinking they should play together, so it’ll likely be Sunday.”

Media Day Vines

Corner Three Time?

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles ClippersWe’ve exhausted the storyline of how little Mike D’Antoni actually had the chance to run his system due to a plethora of factors in 2012-13.

But with an entire offseason of planning, a full training camp and some added shooters, 2013-14 should be a different story.

Among the most important shots in D’Antoni’s system is the corner three pointer, as the corners provide the necessary width to open up space in the middle of the floor for screen/roll and other sets. As such, a guard and a forward are instructed to get to those spots at almost all times once the half court line is breached.

The five Lakers most likely to be standing in the corners next season are: Jodie Meeks, Nick Young, Jordan Farmar, Wesley Johnson and Steve Blake. Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash will be there from time to time, but they often have the ball in their hands, more likely to be setting up corner attempts.

Last season, Meeks didn’t shoot the ball as well from the corners as one might expect due to his pretty stroke and quick release. He shot 34.48 percent from the left corner and 41.86 percent from the right corner.

JODIE MEEKS: 2012-13

Young, meanwhile, was no better, hitting 18.42 percent from the left side and 32.26 from the right.

NICK YOUNG: 2012-13 (in Philadelphia)
meeksshotchartNew player development coach Larry Lewis told me that he’s already been watching tape of how players like Joe Johnson and Raja Bell used to get their shots in D’Antoni’s system, so that he can share it with Young, Meeks and Co. Bell drained 47.15 percent on the left and 44.9 percent on the right in 2005-06, while Johnson connected on 49.47 and 53.85 percent, respectively, in 2004-05:

JOE JOHNSON: 2005-06 (Phoenix)

Wesley Johnson wasn’t great from the corners last season (32.14 percent left, 34.78 percent right), and while Blake was off from the left (32.43 percent), he was red hot from the right, draining 15 of 24 attempts (62.5 percent).

Farmar had a very small sample size in his last NBA season (2011-12), but was terrific from the corners, hitting 53.85 percent from the left and 45.45 percent from the right, rivaling Joe Johnson’s success rate (though JJ did take 175 more shots than Farmar’s 24).

For more D’Antoni comps, you can look at Steve Novak in 2011-12 (46.15 left, 50.0 right), but the perception has long been that shooters have some had their best numbers operating his system. That’s certainly the case for Johnson, who’s never replicated his corner numbers since that 2004-05 campaign, albeit in part because he’s done more ball-handling and less spotting up.

L.A.’s prospective corner shooters will have to show that they can splash the nets while Nash, Bryant and Pau Gasol create shots, but the opportunities will certainly be there.