After losing center Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets and losing guards Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, among several other players, to injuries, the Los Angeles Lakers finished 27-55. They tried to net a big fish in the offseason and landed a meeting with New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony. Although Anthony was very impressed with the Lakers’ presentation, he re-signed with the Knicks.
The Lakers moved on, trading for Houston Rockets’ point guard Jeremy Lin, winning the bid for the amnesty claim on Chicago Bulls’ veteran big man Carlos Boozer and signing Memphis Grizzlies’ big man Ed Davis.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, swingman Nick Young, who agreed to a four-year, $21.5 million deal is happy with the way the offseason played out.
“I think it played out all right,” Young said. “I don’t think nobody was expecting Jeremy Lin to be here this year or Carlos Boozer, and we just ended up getting Byron Scott [as coach].”
Scott, of course, served as a television analyst on the Lakers’ flagship station, Time Warner Cable SportsNet, last season where he inspired more than a few YouTube clips with his impersonation of Young.
“I heard all different kinds of stuff about Byron,” Young said with a smile. “I just remember him doing my little Swaggy P impression. … We’ll talk about that. Now I have a chance to talk trash about it every day.”
Young averaged 17.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 43.5% from the field, 38.6% from beyond the arc and 82.5% from the free throw line. In his career, he has averaged 12.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 42.9% from the floor, 37.7% from three and 82.7% from charity stripe.