How Steve Kerr And Gilbert Arenas Have Aided Nick Young’s Resurgence




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The Warriors’ 110-100 win over the Orlando Magic provided a welcome sign for a team about to embark on a four-game road trip.

It also provided a continuation of success for Nick Young.

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Monday’s game marked the third straight in which Young has played over 20 minutes. Over that stretch, Young has averaged 11.3 points per game, shooting 46 percent from the field. More importantly, Young has begun to understand the team’s defensive concepts, while finding a role in the offensive scheme.

The same couldn’t be said two weeks ago, when Steve Kerr proclaimed second-year guard Patrick McCaw the team’s backup shooting guard over Young. Up to that point, Young had been averaging just 4.5 points per game, including four scoreless outings as he struggled to find a role. That after coming into camp in less than optimum shape.

Despite the demotion, Kerr stayed in frequent contact with Young, offering encouragement and pointers during Young’s time on the pine.

“He texts me all the time,” Young said. “Telling me don’t lose focus, don’t lose confidence. It’s going to take time. He was telling me how it took KD some time in the offense.”

In addition to Kerr’s guidance, Young’s former teammate Gilbert Arenas has also provided a voice of reason.


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“Since I came into the league he’s been someone I call just to instill confidence in me,” Young said. “He really knows the game of basketball, he’s just crazy at the same time.”

Arenas’ advice? Get out of your own mind.

“He told me it’s a long season and that they’ve brought me here for a reason. Shoot the ball. When you’re thinking, no one wants you on the team when you’re thinking out there. Just be yourself.”

Their relationship dates back to Young’s days as a Washington Wizard. During Young’s third season, the guard was fined $10,000 for participating in a pregame antic in which Arenas mimicked shooting teammates — a reference to his gun incident with then-teammate Javaris Crittenton.

Despite the poorly received incident, their relationship has remained intact, and the two frequently make fun of one another. Most recently, Arenas joked about Young’s reality show prospects on the Complex show Out of Bounds.

“He’ll sign anything,” Arenas said of Young’s less-than-picky approach.

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