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Nick Young on playing his mom 1-on-1: 'I would have to give my mom buckets if she start talking smack'

This really needed clarification.

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Thanksgiving. It's a time to spend with family, laughing together and taking a yearly opportunity to catch up with all of your relatives over a nice home-cooked meal. Or, if you are Nick Young, it's a time to think about what you would do if your mom tried to play you in a game of one-on-one. Seriously.

First of all: Duh, a qualifier to be an NBA player is that you should probably be able to beat your mom in a game of one-on-one. Second of all, the numbers back Young up here. During what has been a year to forget for most members of the Lakers, the man known as Swaggy-P has bounced back from a very bad 2014-15 season. Young's true-shooting percentage of 57% trails only Roy Hibbert among Lakers who have played in more than 3 games, and is the highest of his career.

So not only could Young give his mom buckets, he has been giving the rest of the NBA the same while quietly acting as the Lakers most effective option at small forward. So Swaggy? You probably don't need to play your mom in one-on-one. The Lakers need all the buckets you can give, no need to go wasting them on the woman who raised you.

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