Swaggy P is at it again, this time he has hopes of making the Australian Olympic team.
Nick “Swaggy P” Young has made a name for himself as one of the most amusing players in the NBA. Whether it’s comments on his “swagger,” or celebrating three pointers that clang off the rim, Nick Young always provides some entertainment. Most recently, his plan to join the Australian Olympic Team could have been overlooked as nothing more than Swaggy P saying Swaggy P things. When, in fact, it seems that he’s deadly serious.
According to TMZ Sports, Young’s representatives have now formally contacted Australian officials to enquire about the possibility of him joining the national team. Here’s an extract from TMZ detailing what they’ve found out so far:
"“we spoke with a top official for Basketball Australia who tells us, “Nick’s representatives have been in contact with an ‘official inquiry.'”The official told us Nick would have to become an Australian citizen to be eligible for the team — and the process was thoroughly explained to Young’s camp.”"
At a first glance, there doesn’t appear to be anything other than Nick Young’s relationship with Australian music artist Iggy Azalea that would attach him to the Aussie team. The fact that his chance to ever make the USA team is near nonexistent may mean he’ll pursue playing nationally elsewhere, but it won’t be easy for him to pull off.
As TMZ mentioned in their report, it’s a difficult and lengthy process to become an Australian citizen. To even begin his journey of becoming a citizen down under, Young would need to live there for “an extended period of time,” as TMZ was told by a top official for Basketball Australia. Even then, he would still need to earn his place on the roster.
Young is coming off a rather disappointing season with the Lakers, after his points per game fell by 4.5 from the previous year, whilst his field goal percentage also plummeted to just 36.6. Although, with his trigger-happy style and his obviously unparalleled amount of swagger (please note the major sarcasm there), we can’t really expect much more from him.
The chance of Nick Young playing for the Australian Olympic Team seems unlikely, to say the least. But if there’s any way he can make it work, he has a far better chance to represent a country with the likes of Matthew Dellavedova and Patty Mills than he does in the USA.