After spending four years with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, Nick Young will be making his way back to STAPLES Center for the first time since signing with the reigning league champions, the Golden State Warriors.
Ahead of Wednesday night’s matchup, he shared his thoughts on getting his first crack at his former team with Mark Medina of Mercury News, and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be taking it easy.
“I’m going to go in and try to kill them guys,” Young told the Bay Area News Group in between laughs. “I’m going to be talking trash and just having fun.”
Young formed several close relationships with his teammates in his four years with the Lakers, namely Jordan Clarkson, who was one of his closest friends on the team. Prior to signing with the Warriors this summer, Young was the longest tenured player on the Lakers roster.
Now in Oakland, Young is surrounded by the most talent he’s seen in his 10-year career, including a pair of former MVPs in Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. While he’s not starting 60 games like he was last year or getting the same amount of touches (10.6 FGA per game), Young has no problem passing to his superstar teammates, who he says can actually make shots, unlike his former teammates.
“Those guys couldn’t make shots,” Young joked. “I was passing, but they just couldn’t make shots. Here, we make a lot of shots.”
The Warriors currently lead the league in field goal percentage (50.7 percent) and only trail the Indiana Pacers in three-point percentage (40.9). Meanwhile, the Lakers are struggling to shoot the three-ball, shooting a league-worst 31.3 percent from behind the arc this season. Young led the Lakers in three-point shooting last season, and even represented the purple and gold at All-Star weekend in the three-point shooting contest.
A fan favorite during his tenure with the Lakers, Young is sure to receive a warm welcome from the home crowd at Staples on Wednesday. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. PST.