Kobe Bryant On Nick Young’s Return: ‘He Played Phenomenal’

Kobe Bryant On Nick Young’s Return: ‘He Played Phenomenal’

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Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Kobe Bryant finally got the help needed to propel the Los Angeles Lakers to victory on Tuesday night. Nick Young returned to the floor in the first game of a three-game road trip against the Atlanta Hawks.

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Many expected Young to show a little rust in his return, but the veteran guard/forward had 17 points and five rebounds in his season debut. After the win, Kobe talked about Swaggy P’s performance via Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

Through the first 10 games of the season, the Lakers didn’t have another scorer who could create his own shot which forced Kobe to take it upon himself. As a result, Kobe averaged nearly 24 shots a game and was on pace for his worst shooting percentage of his career.

With the return of Young, there was more balance on both ends of the court and it enabled Kobe to rest at the start of the fourth quarter where he eventually was able to close out the game. After the second win of the season, the Lakers face the Houston Rockets on the second night of a back-to-back.

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