Nick Young Mending Loose Ends & Making Peace Before His Season Starts
Nick Young seems to be keeping himself surrounded around a smaller circle of friends perhaps getting his mental in order before September, when the Lakers training session starts. Things seem to be looking up for Young so, if he will or won’t be playing for the Lakers doesn’t really seem like a warranted conversation anymore as I’m willing to bet fans just want to see Young shine.
Young indirectly outlined reasons for the Lakers to consider giving him another chance. He reported devoting plenty of his offseason toward improving his strength and conditioning.
Daily News reported that after clashing the past two seasons with then-Lakers coach Byron Scott about his public criticisms and role, Young sounded thrilled about Luke Walton’s subsequent hiring.
“It’s a breath of fresh air for me,” Young said of Walton, who spent the past two seasons as a Golden State Warriors assistant. “Luke is a big-time coach and came from a championship team. I think I have the tools that we can use as a shooter.”
Young added he sensed “good vibes” after talking with Walton a “couple of times” about his possible role. But does that mean the Lakers might plan on keeping Young?
“I left the conversations feeling good. But at the end of the day, I don’t know,” Young said. “We’ll see. I hear so much. You don’t know what to believe.”
Instead, Young hopes everyone else believes he will provide more pleasant memories and less drama on and off the court. “ I’m just going to keep working,” Young said. “We’ll see what happens. ”Young has since dismissed concerns on whether he could coexist with Russell, who represents a significant part of the Lakers’ young roster.
“We’re teammates,” Young told the Southern California News Group. “It’s been so long, so it’s kind of old. We’ll be able to work it out. We’ve already been working it out. It is what it is. I can’t be mad forever.”
Young even chuckled about Russell’s recent Foot Locker commercial with Philadelphia No. 1 pick Ben Simmons. In the ad, after Simmons asks Russell for advice on his rookie season, Russell takes Simmons’ phone and throws it toward the ocean. In apparent sarcasm, Young reacted by tweeting: “real funny.”
More than a month later, it appears Young found some humor in the incident. “I need my commercial now,” Young said, laughing. “I’ll explain what happened to my life.”