OAKLAND — With his outgoing personality, eclectic sense of fashion and a smile that never goes away, Warriors forward Nick Young seems to be the perfect candidate for his own reality television show.
Apparently, numerous television executives agree. Young said they have approached him “plenty of times,” a not-so-surprising revelation considering his Swaggy P persona and his previous ties to the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I got to get the best offer,” said Young, as he sported a Warriors T-shirt as his own bandana. “I can’t just go anywhere. I got to take my talents to the best place.”
What will be the asking price?
“I need Kardashian prices,” Young, said laughing.
Warriors guard Klay Thompson said he would at least watch the trailer, and some of the storylines already seem entertaining enough.
One will touch on his Twitter followers advising him to try out Bob’s Donuts (“Bob’s is pretty good; it was warm,” Young said). The other could focus on Young’s early acclimation with the Warriors after spending the previous four seasons with the Lakers.
The latter episode would yield more plot twists, not all of which spark a positive review. Young described his first month with the Warriors as “tough.”
Before Monday’s game, Young averaged 5.2 points while shooting 41 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from 3-point range in 12.2 minutes per game in nine appearances.
Should those numbers hold up, Young will have a career low in points and playing time in his 10th NBA season.
And yet Young has not complained about Warriors coach Steve Kerr placing him on the depth chart behind second-year guard Patrick McCaw for a few practical reasons.
“I’ve been in this situation a couple of years back, but this is a championship team,” Young said after morning shootaround on Monday. “I sit back and watch these guys and how they go out and play and how they work. It helps me, too.”
Young signed with the Warriors — on a one-year, $5.2 million deal that represented the team’s mid-level exception — understanding this reality.
After playing for a Lakers team that went through their worst-stretch in franchise history (91-237), Young craved a place where he had a shot at winning an NBA title.
The Warriors also signed Young to boost their secondary scoring, though Kerr has noted Young’s struggles with his shooting and conditioning. Since Young’s demotion, though, Kerr said he has become more encouraged with how Young has reacted than discouraged with his early returns.
“Nick’s an awesome human being. He always has a smile on his face,” Kerr said. “I’ve talked to him several times this year. He’s taking everything well. He’s figuring it out in terms of how we play and, also, it’s a new role for him.”
Because of that, Kerr shared his own sympathy as a former shooting specialist during his 15-year NBA career that centered on adjusting to roles and sporadic shooting opportunities.
“It’s great for a coach to talk to you and let you know where you’re at and not keeping you in the dark, like some coaches I know,” Young said. “I’m not just going into the game blindsided. He pretty much talks to me everyday, harps on me on everything I need to do in different situations.”