Perhaps the P in “Swaggy P” meant perplexing.
Or perfunctory, as in the low minutes Nick Young was logging this season (18.2 a game before Tuesday).
The Lakers forward had been less lofty than loquacious, more erased than effusive as his minutes shrunk and his profile sagged other than the 41% he was shooting from three-point range.
There’s a new sixth man on the Lakers these days, free agent Lou Williams, and also a new media darling, Metta World Peace, who’s available almost any time with a smile and a “Hey buddy!” for any and all reporters.
Young seemed like old news. Then came a road game against the Miami Heat.
Young had a chance to impress with Kobe Bryant sitting out Tuesday’s game because of a sore back. He took advantage of it and was almost perfect in the first half, scoring 14 points and making all four of his three-point attempts as the Lakers trailed, 50-49.
He didn’t shoot as well after that in the Lakers’ 101-88 loss, finishing with 17 points on six-of-13 efficiency.
These are the get-hot times Young always loved, the ones missing from his ledger last season other than maybe the night in Atlanta in which he went wild on the scoreboard and then compared himself to Larry Bird, Reggie Miller, Ray Allen and Stephen Curry.
But Lakers Coach Byron Scott didn’t like Young’s defense or his over-the-top post-game celebration after a meaningless victory over Boston.
There seemed to be a carry-over this season. Young said he wasn’t down on himself with a lack of playing time before getting 26 minutes Tuesday.
“I’ve been in this league for a while and things change. It’s a long season,” he said. “You’ve got to stay with it, stay positive.”
Lakers star Kobe Bryant looks on during a game against the Miami Heat on Tuesday.(Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)
Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson and the Heat’s Justise Winslow fight for a loose ball.(Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)
Heat guard Dwyane Wade looks on during a game against the Lakers at American Airlines Arena on Nov. 10.(Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)
Heat guard Goran Dragic loses control of the ball as Lakers guard Louis Williams applies pressure in the first half.(Alan Diaz / Associated Press)
Lakers center Roy Hibbert looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena.(Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)
Heat point guard Goran Dragic drives on Lakers rookie guard D’Angelo Russell during a game at American Airlines Arena on Nov. 10.(Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)
Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson dives after the ball while battling with Heat guard Justise Winslow for a loose ball.(Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)
Coach Byron Scott watcher from the sideline while the Lakers take on the Miami Heat.(Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)
Lakers center Roy Hibbert blocks the shot of Heat guard Dwyane Wade with the defensive assistance of Metta World Peace.(Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)
Olympics for Bryant?
Bryant was adamant he was done playing internationally after the 2012 Olympics.
But he admitted Tuesday he was thinking about a run at the Olympics next summer in Brazil.
“I’ve always said it would be fun to play. It’s just a matter if I could, if I was physically able to do it,” he said. Bryant said. “I probably thought I wasn’t going to be playing still. Never say never.”
Tough time, Huertas
Lakers reserve guard Marcelo Huertas had an interesting night, and it had little to do with his stats.
His one-legged 21-footer was blocked by Tyler Johnson in the second quarter and then Huertas pitifully slung the rebound over his shoulder in an attempt to draw iron before the shot clock expired. It wasn’t close.
He also got beat by Johnson on a cross-over drive in the fourth quarter.
Huertas had two points and four assists.
LAKERS AT ORLANDO MAGIC
When: Wednesday, 4 p.m. PST.
Where: Amway Arena.
On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330.
Records: Lakers 1-6; Magic 3-5.
Record vs. Magic (2014-15): 1-1.
Update: Fourth-year shooting guard Evan Fournier is the surprise scoring leader for Orlando, averaging 19 points. Victor Oladipo is establishing himself as one of the NBA’s top defensive players and also averaging 16.1 points. Magic center Nikola Vucevic, the former USC Trojan, has missed three games because of a bone bruise on his right knee.