A Brief History of Nick ‘Swaggy P’ Young Pushing Kobe Bryant’s Buttons

January 20th, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

The chief export of Nick Young is confidence, a fact made plain by his self-styled Swaggy P nickname, shot selection and, more than anything else, his willingness to harass Kobe Bryant.

In keeping with the ultra-laid-back persona Young has worked so hard to cultivate, his jabs at Bryant are never mean-spirited. They're typically preceded by a "You guys ready for another one?" glimmer in his eye.

He delivers them with a smile, then follows them with a look around the room or a faux-pensive stare at the ceiling.

Young knows what he's doing—playing to the crowd by poking the bear—and he loves it. He knows it gets a rise out of observers, draws an audience. And Young seems to want nothing more than an audience.

It started early, with some tongue-in-cheek shots on media day back in September.

"Kobe worked out with me," Young told reporters, via Mark Medina of InsideSoCal.com. "I didn’t work out with him. He came to me,” Young said, laughing. “I was showing Kobe the ropes this summer. Just breaking out plays the way he can score in the offense. I had a sitdown co ...

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