The LeBron James era in Los Angeles didn’t get off to its best possible start, as the Lakers fell to the Portland Trail Blazers in James’ debut with the team. There were certainly some bright spots, namely 35 combined points off the bench from Josh Hart and Kyle Kuzma, but by the time the dust settled, Portland came out on top, 128-119.
The Lakers are a work in progress, and this game was on the road in a tough place to play against a good basketball team. But still, some of Los Angeles’ perceived issues popped up, particularly their lack of three-point shooting. Additionally, their two primary veterans off the bench (Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley) didn’t do all that much.
With all that said, reinforcements are available if the Lakers feel the need to inject some shooting into their rotation and solidify their collection of veterans off the bench. That someone is Nick Young, who had a simple message for the team after the game.
Young is a free agent after winning a ring with the Warriors last season. The 33-year-old wing is a career 37.6 percent shooter from deep, and even spent four years with the Lakers, holding the distinction of being the person behind perhaps the most famous missed shot in team history.
It’s entirely possible that Young deleted the tweet because he was just kidding around, but it’s far more fun to imagine that he wants to try his hand at being the missing piece in the Lakers’ puzzle. Frankly, I’m here for it, and would like it if they could get a deal sorted out with Swaggy P by the time I wake up on Friday morning.