The Lakers went through an agonizing, epic fail of a loss in their season opener vs. the Timberwolves. The worst part wasn’t that they lost — the worst part was how they lost.
Everything looked OK from the jump. HELL YEAH LAKERS ARE BACK KOBE IS BACK EVERYONE GET HYPED. Nick Young did this after the first quarter to put LA up, 31-22:
Kobe had 15 points, hitting 6 of 13 shots, at the half.
The Lakers were outscored by 2 points in the third quarter, but they still held the lead going into the fourth quarter. Then…
EVERYTHING COLLAPSED AND BURNED.
The Timberwolves chomped up a 16-point deficit to win by 1 POINT, 112-111. The Lakers’ high-scorer in the fourth quarter was Jordan Clarkson, who had five points. The entire LA roster notched either a 0 or below-0 plus/minus except for Julius Randle who tallied a 1.
Afterwards, coach Byron Scott told the media:
Oh wait, that sounds familiar…
(check the year on that Serena Winters tweet)
Sigh. Welp. All I can say is SWAGGY’S STILL SWAGGY.
I’m not talking about the drought. Nor am I talking about that huge earthquake that’s supposedly going to drop half of the Pacific Northwest into the ocean.
I’m talking about the Nick Young — the Lakers’ Mr. Hollywood — and his right arm. Waking up to this news this morning definitely made today feel more Monday-ish than usual.
This amazing tweet is now irrelevant.
Until the next Swaggy P Watch update, just remember to stay swaggy because, “God blesses all the swag people.”
After hitting the swaggiest game-winner at Drew League, Nick Young spoke to the media. My good friend and LA News Group intern Alex Nieves was there to record the Q&A in which Swaggy P said something sort of ridiculous (which is no longer super surprising but still amazing nonetheless).
Reporter: We got D’Angelo coming into town and he has a little swagger, you think he could challenge you a little bit with that?
[OF COURSE NOT, WHO COULD CHALLENGE THE SWAG OF SWAGGY P. HIS NAME IS SWAGGY.]
Young: He’s just a little young, I’m more of a vet in this game. I’m like David Beckham. It’s hard to get to my sage right now.
Complex published this video about a week ago, and I saw it then but didn’t think to post it until now. BUT like I always say, it’s never to late for swag. Enjoy:
Kristaps Porzingis was rampantly booed by Knicks fans at draft night, but he performed well through Summer League. In general it seemed like people either think Porzingis will be the next epic European star or that he’ll be yet another mistake to add to the Knicks’ list.
Bleacher Report published an amazing post today, mostly in the words of Porzingis himself. It is pure gold. Maybe after reading it you’ll still stand firm in your belief that he’ll be a major flop, but you can’t hate on the man off the court, at least.
Here are some of the highlights:
1) Excited/surprised Adam Silver pronounced his name right at the Draft
2) Dream car is a Benz – “We will see if I get it”
3) Says he’s 8-feet tall – “I’m like, ‘Come on, man.’ They just want to take pictures because I’m tall”
4) Had filet mignon for the first time recently, now is his favorite food because “it’s healthy”
5) Got advice about how to deal with haters from KG
6) Might rap in Latvian at some point
7) Listens to Drake and Meek Mill, likes Damian Lillard’s raps
8) Loves kids
9) Learning social media from Kevin Hart
10) Happy to be a Knick
Let’s give him a chance?