It’s hard to imagine a player being able to bring some cheer to Lakerland in a car wreck of a season, but in the wake of last season’s ‘Dwightmare’, no one expected Young to step straight into the void left by the absence of Kobe, and occupy a such a central spot in the collective imagination of a reeling fanbase. No one but Swaggy P.
The D-league lakers may have struggled to compete, but whenever Nick Young was on the court, they never failed to entertain. From wearing the number zero in a nod to the Gilbert Arenas and his lack of conscience, to the immortal Christmas Day shootout with Lebron, to the ‘superstar airball’, to dropping 41 in a late season snoozer everyone was expected to mail in, Swaggy P played with a pure joy not often seen in the business of professional sports — audacious, outrageous. He may not be around next year, but for this one season, for better and for worse, he became the face of one of basketball’s most storied franchises — Showtime indeed!