Everything was coming up Nick Young on Thursday. The Los Angeles Lakers’ starting shooting guard had been named to the NBA’s three-point shooting contest at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. It was a deserved honor for Young, whose 41.6 percent shooting from deep is a career-high and ranks ninth in the NBA among players to attempt at least 200 threes.
Young’s momentum did not carry into the Lakers’ loss to the Wizards, in which Young went 1-8 from three-point range, which led to worry the NBA might decide they had made a mistake in naming him to the contest.
“Finally made one, right?” Young told Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times. “Thought they might take me out.”
Thankfully for Young, the Lakers, their fans, and the culture, his worry was unnecessary. Young’s quest to out-shoot Klay Thompson will continue unabated. We’re all better for it.