It’s hard to believe it was just last season that Nick Young was looked on by many as an ineffective piece in the team’s direction. Now, with Nick Young Lakers motivated, it appears that direction crafted by Byron Scott was a questionable route in the first place.
Lakers news is flooded with how Nick Young has improved in the pre-season. He’s been motivated and working hard in the gym, and he’s now friends with D’Angelo Russell.
We’re no longer reading about his extracurricular activities in Lakers news, which is now replaced with his stellar defensive game, and praises from Luke Walton.
“Nick’s been great. He’s given multiple effort plays, that as a coach you love to see, and he’s even playmaking. He’s getting in the lane and he’s collapsing, dropping it off to big for easy lay-ups, so I’m very impressed with Nick.”
On Nick Young Lakers motivation, according to Bleacher Report Luke Walton added:
“I have seen him make an effort to be a good defender, I don’t know what his motivation is behind it. I would assume it’s playing time rather than labels. Nick doesn’t seem like the type of guy who really worries about what other people are saying about him, but he’s been phenomenal for us.”
Nick Young was more direct in saying “It’s just playing time, and proving a lot of people wrong, proving things to myself too” in a report by Lakers Nation.
Nick Young Lakers trade used to swirl around, but now it seems unlikely. The latest to have been brought up was having a disgruntled DeMarcus Cousins to L.A. for Young and Julius Randle.
DeMarcus Cousins has been in a love-hate relationship with the Kings, and it seems he may want out soon if they continue to lose this season. He’s a competitor, and rumors say his two-way game will fit well under Luke Walton.
DeMarcus Cousins has the speed and athleticism and can run under a style patterned after the Warriors, as replicated by Luke Walton. The latter, being a young coach and fresh as a former player, is also more likely to connect with him. Is this something to look forward to?
These are just rumors that abound the team, besides it all seems unlikely now with the potential that both Julius Randle and Nick Young Lakers have shown.
Nick Young has always been a good perimeter defender, but his scoring abilities and an obsolete game style under Byron Scott overshadowed this value, but not anymore.
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