first_imgCampaign seasonYoung has whispered in recent days about participating the NBA’s 3-point shooting contest. After shooting 4 of 9 from the perimeter against the Kings, Young basically roared by boasting “I’m the best 3-point shooter in the league.”Actually, Young ranks 14th in the NBA after shooting 43 percent from three-point range. Memphis’ Courtney Lee (54.5 percent), Atlanta’s Kyle Korver (53.9 percent) and Washington’s Rasual Butler (52.7 percent). Yet, Young believes he will be one of the six players to compete in the NBA’s 3-point shooting contest on Feb. 13 in Brooklyn, N.Y. “That’s people that shoot one 3 and are 100 percent,” Young joked of the players ranked above him. “I’m probably the greatest.” The Lakers felt relieved for obvious reasons. Young’s 26 points on 7-of-14 shooting against Sacramento surpassed his season average of 14.9 points per game, which ranks fifth in the NBA among reserves.But Young’s lack of punishment seems surprising. Lakers guard Ronnie Price was suspended for one game after officials gave him a flagrant foul 2 in the Lakers’ loss on Nov. 13 to New Orleans. The Lakers protested the punishment, arguing that Price attempted to stop the ball before pulling down Austin Rivers from behind. “I don’t try to get into what the league thinks,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “I just knew that when I didn’t hear anything today that it was good news. Normally, you don’t hear the league calling you and saying, ‘He’s not suspended.’ I didn’t think it was enough to warrant a suspension. But I also understand the rules about above the shoulders.”Still, Scott has said in recent days he has warned Young about keeping his composure and threatening unrevealed consequences if he gets ejected again.“He better learn,” Scott said of Young. “If he gets kicked out of another game, he has to talk to coach.” SACRAMENTO — Nick Young sat by his locker stall with renewed confidence for reasons besides his fashion choices and scoring bursts.Young surprisingly did not draw an NBA-imposed suspension despite shoving his right forearm to the throat of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams in Friday’s game. Young was soon called for a flagrant foul 2 and ejected. “I’m a nice guy, man,” Young boasted before playing in the Lakers’ 108-101 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday at Sleep Train Arena. “‘Swaggy P’ don’t get fined!”Young has repeated that line and referred to his self-given nickname when Lakers officials have asked him to take off hats and sunglasses in postgame interviews to avoid drawing NBA fines for violating the league’s dress code. But Young actually will owe the NBA $2,000, as is custom for anyone assessed with a flagrant foul 2. That amounts to loose change for a player who signed with the Lakers this offseason to a four-year deal worth $24 million. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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