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Nick 'Swaggy P' Young clarifies stance on tattoo-free right arm: 'Strictly for buckets'

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That right arm — "strictly for buckets," says Nick Young. (USA TODAY Sports)
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That right arm — "strictly for buckets," says Nick Young. (USA TODAY Sports)

Surely, you've spent countless hours wondering, "Why isn't Nick Young's left arm tattooed?" Fear no more, for we have the answer. The Lakers guard's right arm is "strictly for buckets." Expect nothing less from the man who dubbed himself Swaggy P some years ago.

Young's open relationship with tattoos has coincided with the embrace of his inner swag. While his ink was once all "business," as in underneath his jersey, he branched out in a big way the summer of 2012 with a tattoo on his left forearm that read, "In Swag We Trust," surrounding his initials in a Yankees cap font.

Young has since added a picture of his son (Li'l Swaggy P?) to his left shoulder, as evidenced during a video in which he declares his cake baking "whip game proper," and his latest artwork appears to connect the two tatoos.

Apparently inundated with queries about his barren right arm, Young clarified his stance.

Meanwhile, Byron Scott has preached nothing but defense since assuming Lakers coaching duties late last month, despite his own track record developing schemes on that side of the ball in Cleveland and even as the team adds to its list of players not known for their defense.

Offensively, Young enjoyed the most efficient year of his career, logging career highs in true shooting (56.4) and points per game (17.9) for an abysmal Lakers team. By all accounts, the 29-year-old has rededicated himself this summer, even after signing a four-year, $21.5 million extension. Recent reports have him dominating The Drew League and training alongside Kobe Bryant. Plus, this behind-the-back 360 dunk posted to his Instagram a few days ago was pretty sweet.

Strictly for buckets, indeed.

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