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Lakers News: Mike D'Antoni praises Nick Young for positively impacting Lakers

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After the Los Angeles Lakers signed Nick Young last summer, many believed it would be a short-lived relationship. Young and head coach Mike D'Antoni were expected to butt heads. Fortunately for the Lakers, that hasn't happened and D'Antoni couldn't be happier with what "Swaggy P" has brought to the table. D'Antoni had nothing but praise for Young following the win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Fri. Dec. 21:

"He rubs off on me and makes me happy, I know that. There's no doubt and he's done it a few times. When we have a shoot-around and the energy's down, he's 'swaggy' out there and he feels it and he starts 'swaggin' or something, and he starts going and he gets everybody's energy up, and it's not a silly energy, and sometimes you have that, it's good positive fun."

D'Antoni was clearly ecstatic about Young's impressive performance against the Timberwolves. The squad played great team basketball and came together after hearing the tough news about Kobe Bryant's latest injury on Thursday.

Young led the Lakers in the scoring department with 25 points. The veteran was red-hot from beyond the arc going 4-of-6 from distance and helping lead the Lakers to a 13-point win over the visiting T'Wolves.

D'Antoni continued to praise Young after the game and the veteran's impact on the team saying following:

"Okay it's in the morning, it's 10 o'clock, we're on the east coast and it's 7 o'clock in Los Angeles but you know what, 'Swaggy's' out there doing his thing and he's dunking and yelling at the assistant coaches and it gets everybody up."

With Young starting to make an impression on D'Antoni, and the team rallying together in the aftermath of another considerable injury for Bryant, the Lakers may be able to turn things around and become a force in the Western Conference.

Although it is early to dub the Lakers a true threat in an extremely competitive conference, this team definitely has the potential to become a force with players like Young leading the way.

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