Nick Young: Right Message, Wrong Guy to Fix Los Angeles Lakers

November 25th, 2014 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

If Nick Young weren't Nick Young, one of the NBA's most notoriously trigger-happy chuckers, his comments on Kobe Bryant might make a difference.

But Nick Young is Nick Young. So they can't.

"At times, we fall into relying on No. 24 a lot," Young told reporters on Nov. 23 (via Mark Medina of "We got to believe in ourselves. I believe in everybody on this team. Kobe is going to be Kobe. But we have to find a way to put the ball in the hole with everybody else."

A little background is necessary before we get into why Young's words fall flat.

The above quote came after a game against the Denver Nuggets in which Bryant made explicit what so many have long suspected—that he doesn't respect his teammates or a rational approach to end-game situations.

Tied up in the waning seconds, Kobe made it very clear how things were going to go on the next pivotal play.

Warning: Video may contain NSFW language.

Herding teammates out of the way like so many head of cattle isn't necessarily cause for criticism. Lots of greats have marginalized teammat ...

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