The Los Angeles Lakers seemed to biding time after the return of Kobe Bryant until he could get comfortable playing after his Achilles injury and the team could make a run in the 2013-14 NBA season. However, that opportunity never presented itself as Kobe broke his leg and is now out for much of the rest of the season.
Losing Kobe and the potential of seeing Kobe turn it on once again, even at 35 years old, is certainly nothing that fans wanted. Even people who aren’t exactly enamored with the Lakers have a newfound appreciation and respect for Kobe and what he’s accomplished in this league over his 17-year career.
However, one of the silver linings of Kobe being out is the fact that Nick Young is now able to have more of a free-reign on the offense. While that has resulted in a number of bad decisions already and a ton of entertainment in the style that only Young can bring to the table, Swaggy P has also been quite productive since Bryant suffered his leg injury.
Over his last five games, Young has averaged 21 points in 31.2 minutes per game while shooting 44 percent from the floor and a stellar 41.4 percent from three. Offensively, which is really all that Young brings to a team, Young has been a spark for this team and has been pretty hot as of late shooting the rock.
While Young’s solid play as of late hasn’t translated into success for the Lakers, who are just 1-4 since losing Kobe, Young has been playing well and has been excitement. This team may not be great by any means with the injuries that they’re currently dealing with, but in the name of Swaggy P the Lakers have had some entertainment value as of late.