Nick Young passed up a shot, and then another, uncharacteristic of the charismatic guard with a sweet stroke.
That’s when he heard from Andre Iguodala. And Steve Kerr.
Just shoot it.
Regardless of how large his role or his number of minutes on the loaded NBA champions, the Warriors want Young looking to score whenever he sees a chance he likes.
“We had to remind him, like, ‘Listen man, you’ve gotta shoot, be you,'” Iguodala said. “Shaun Livingston and myself are going to put him in a position where he won’t have to worry about where his shots are going to come from or if he’s going to be able to get as many attempts as he would like. We’re going to make life a lot easier for him and we’re going to make basketball fun for him, too.”
That’s already clear, given Young’s big grin and playful nature his first few days on the job.
Kerr took a turn getting on him, and Young is already used to a full-court press from the reigning NBA champions: His new coach, Finals MVP Kevin Durant and Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green all went to Los Angeles to take “Swaggy P” to lunch and recruit him to Northern California.
Young called their efforts “very persuasive,” and he’s still appreciative.
“They took me out on the town a little bit. I like to go out a little bit,” he said. “They just knew me. They just get me.”
Now, they all are eager for him to get comfortable — and fast. The Warriors open the preseason schedule at home Saturday against Denver before a trip to China to face the Timberwolves twice, Oct. 5 and 8.
“I’ve been saying the same thing to Nick, ‘Shoot it, shoot it, shoot it,'” Kerr said. “The whole thing for any of our new guys is to understand that we want the first good shot we can find. If we don’t have a good shot, try to get a great shot but let’s keep the ball moving but be aggressive and find that balance. I don’t want Nick out there thinking. He’s one of the best shooters in the league and he should let it…