How Nick Young saved the lakers 2013–14 season

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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!



Dev Kabir Malik has a clinically alarming dependence on basketball and spends most of his time watching, analyzing, writing and even playing a little pickup (and some 2K too). In the little time he has left, he dabbles with design, art & music.

  • Karan

    Start­ing writ­ing again!

    • TheBench­warmer

      Hey, thanks so much for read­ing. New stuff (finally) will be up in a cou­ple of days!!!