Nick Young enjoyed his time with Kobe Bryant during the Los Angeles Lakers' last game of the season (even if Bryant threw his shoes in the trash). But as fun as the final night was, it was still not an easy season for Young, something the little-used reserve acknowledged during his season-ending exit interview.
"You know, it was a tough [season]," said Young. "But I'm a trooper, I'm going to keep going. I'm glad Kobe had a great night, but I'm glad the season is over now. I get to go unwind and clear my head."
Young was at the center of the arguably the biggest drama of the Lakers' season, when a video taken by D'Angelo Russell of Young admitting to infidelity leaked. The ensuing locker room "isolation" of Russell was the 17-win Lakers' low point, and it sounds like Young realizes the discord and futility may lead to the team moving him or other players.
"You never know what's going to happen," cautioned Young. "But you know something's got to happen. I know the Lakers are going to make decisions for the Lakers. It's a business. You know we did win 17 games after all, so something is going to happen."
Whether that means the Lakers' attempts to trade Young this offseason will prove fruitful remains to be seen, but the Los Angeles native just wants to rediscover his love for the game, even if he has to leave his hometown team to do so.
"I just want to play basketball again, wherever that's at," said Young. "I just want to enjoy getting out there and playing the game I love and having fun again."
All quotes transcribed via Lakers.com. You can follow this author on Twitter at @hmfaigen.