Nick Young has spent all season shaking the labels that have followed him throughout a decade-long NBA career.
Gunner. Disinterested on defense. Not a team player.
Take the Lakers’ Tuesday night win over the Oklahoma City Thunder as an example of Young’s evolution. He matched up with Russell Westbrook, the NBA’s leading scorer, whenever they were both on the floor. He mostly scored in the flow of the offense. Fans in the Staples Center shouted “Uncle P” after he did, which is the mature version of his better known nickname, “Swaggy P.”
But then the game boiled into the final seconds and all of that went out the window. Nick Young was unabashedly Nick...