'I got caught up in the moment.' (Harry How/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers swingman Nick Young recently joined NBA TV's Vince Cellini, Dennis Scott and Brent Barry for an interview aired during their "NBA GameTime" program, and I really enjoyed it, so I thought you might, too:
As you might expect from a player whose primary contributions come in the form of highlights, lowlights and off-court style, the interview is somewhat light on substance, but what it lacks in that department, it more than makes up in laugh-inducing lines earnestly delivered in a warm, friendly tone. If you've got nine minutes to spare, I recommend watching all of the above; if not, here are my six favorite Swaggy P quotables:
On maintaining his "creativity" on the floor for the Lakers this year: "Um, lately, it's been kind of tough. You know, with Kobe back. So ... I've been in that corner a lot."
On where the nickname "Swaggy P" came from: "I think if you look good, you play good. So you know, the 'Swaggy' starts with how I come in the arena — how I dress, the shoes I wear. The 'P' is a mystery. I can't tell you that right now. I might write a book someday."
(Pressed a bit more for an explanation of why he decided to wear them, he said, "I'm in L.A. It's rock stars, you know. Hollywood nights." I'm really hoping I have a reason to use this as an explanation for something very soon.)
On what he's learned from Kobe Bryant: "Just how he carries himself, and plus, his film. He watches film every day. It's like ... I don't want to say I get tired of watching it with him, but ... [smiles] That's him. That's one thing I've been learning from."
On his failed 360-degree layup ending up on "Shaqtin' a Fool": "First off, JaVale ain't even — he's been out, so I'm trying to take his place a little bit right there. I'm stepping up to the plate. [...] I just got caught up in the moment."
On James Worthy and Byron Scott impersonating him: "They was on point. I first learned from my mom calling me and saying, 'They was on point with you.' I said, 'What you talkin' about, Ma?' [She said,] 'You ain't seen James and Byron Scott?'"
Then he smiled and shook his head, which seems about right, since that's the way that pretty much all the rest of us respond to most Nick Young-related things. Thanks, Swaggy. We'll keep an eye out for that "P"-explaining autobiography, as well as the sure-to-continue "caught up in the moment" brand of plays.
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