Lakers’ Nick Young learns from watching game video with Kobe Bryant

Lakers forward Nick Young tosses a ball while taking part in a video shoot at the team's media day Monday.
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When Kobe Bryant first approached Nick Young about working out together in the summer, Young admitted he was nervous.

But when they started watching video of past games with the Lakers and Bryant began to explain the nuances of basketball, Young said he started to become a student of the game.

“I was a little nervous at first,” Young said Monday at the Lakers’ media day. “I didn’t know what he was going to talk about. But having one-on-one time with Kobe is crazy. I got comfortable and just learned a lot from him.”

Young led the Lakers in scoring last season, averaging a career-best 17.9 points in 64 games.

He shot 43.5% from the field, 38.6% from three-point range.

But Young said Bryant wants more out of his starting forward this season with the Lakers, who start training camp Tuesday.


“He was telling me and showing me on tape how defenses will guard us,” Young said. “He was telling me about how he studies film. It was a good session.”