WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — By trading Nick Young to the Clippers in March 2012, the Wizards acquired Nene and a future second-round draft pick (which now belongs to Philadelphia), while also unloading the headaches that were Young and JaVale McGee (and Ronny Turiaf, who did note ache heads).
Since, the Wizards have gone 107-116 in four partial regular seasons, improving their win total each full season and won a playoff series along the way.
In that same time, Young has played for three teams (Clippers, 76ers, Lakers), and aside from one playoff appearance — thanks to the Wizards trading him to a contender, in his hometown — has experienced 86 wins and 135 losses.
Still, Swaggy P doesn’t seem to hold the Wizards, the organization for whom he played four-plus seasons after it made him a first-round pick in 2007, in particularly high regard.
“I hate the Wizards,” Young told Orange County Register’s Bill Oram on Tuesday. “But I like some of the guys over [there], I just hate the Wizards.”
“Being a Laker, there’s nothing like it,” Young also said. “I think I learn more just being here and being around an atmosphere of winning, toughness and learning how to play under a great player like Kobe (Bryant).”
That atmosphere of winning, as Young put it, has netted the Lakers a 38-79 record since Young’s arrival. For point of reference, the Wizards, in that same stretch, are 67-49.
In December, the Wizards defeated the Lakers 111-95 in D.C. Young will get his next shot at revenge on Jan. 27, in Los Angeles.
(Thanks to Scott Allen for passing along.)