Golden State Warriors shooting guard Nick Young and one-time platinum pop artist Iggy Azaleasplit over a year ago. The pair infamously called off their engagement roughly six months after a teammate filmed Young admitting he’d cheated on Iggy multiple times. Young reportedly corroborated his own admissions by impregnating his ex while still with Iggy. None of the above stopped Young from throwing some shade at his former fiancé via Instagram Friday night.
A post shared by Nick Young (@swaggyp1) on Dec 8, 2017 at 8:41pm PST
Young posted a picture of himself next to his new teammate Andre Iguodala with the caption “My I.G.G.Y.”
The rather obvious joke here is that Young now rolls with the 2015 NBA Finals MVP and two-time champion who is sometimes referred to as “Iggy” and not the Iggy who is an Australian rapper that has repeatedly been accused of being a culture vulture.
D’Angelo Russell—who filmed Young’s cheating admissions without his knowledge while he and Young were playing for the Lakers—has since been traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Meanwhile, Young became a free agent this summer and signed with the Warriors, who are prohibitive favorites to win the NBA title this season. And Azalea’s sophomore album Digital Distortion has yet to see a release date after Iggy took to Twitter in July to announce Def Jam wouldn’t be releasing any more singles from the project.
My album isn't canceled, it's just not having another single. It's still being released.
Given that Azalea said she had a psychotic breakdown and allegedly caught Young cheating with his ex-girlfriend (who he reportedly went on to have a child with), this might be a good time for Young to fall back on the IG slander.
On today's episode of Out of Bounds, the team jumps straight into UCLA players LiAngelo Ball, Codey Riley, and Jalen Hill getting arrested in China for shoplifting. Gilbert Arenas talks about the time he and Nick Young were supposed to do a reality show together. The team continues to countdown the days until Colin Kaepernick gets signed, debate whether LeBron or Kyrie has the best sneakers this season, and extend their condolences to former MLB player Roy Halladay's family and friends who died in a fatal plane crash.
In the midst of being historically trash for three consecutive seasons while ownership has endured a familial power struggle, the Los Angeles Lakers have shown some semblance of unity. D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young patched up their differences last season before both of them eventually ended up on different teams, and the squad found a rallying cry in Metta World Peace’s “I love basketball” mantra.
As the Lonzo Ball-led Magic Johnson regime began with Saturday night’s preseason game, the Lakers embraced a type of unity with a bit more of a serious tone by locking arms during the national anthem.
“We are in this together,” Lakers head coach Luke Walton told ESPN before his team played a preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. “I think they chose to show that we are united in this and that obviously, they have a ton of respect … well I will let them speak for themselves but I have a ton of respect for the country, the flag, the military.”
The gesture appears to fit within the confines of a memo the NBA sent to all 30 teams on September 29 reinforcing a longstanding rule that players are required to stand for the singing of the national anthem. The memo advised players and/or team officials to give pregame speeches or conduct community events in lieu of kneeling or remaining in the locker room during the anthem.
“By locking arms, I feel like we are showing that there are issues in this country and it is a chance for us to raise awareness and still make it a talking point,” Walton said. “If you do nothing, then it kind of goes away and if it goes away, then nothing changes.”
The Lakers’ actions come eight days after President Donald Trump rescinded an invitation to the White House that several members of the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors preemptively declined.
The worlds of style and basketball have always been intertwined. While some players like Russell Westbrook have become known for their outrageous pregame outfits, others have gone as far as to create their own brands. One of the players who has done this is Golden State Warriors guard Nick Young. This past weekend, he hosted a pop-up shop for his brand Most Hated at American Rag in L.A., and Complex News was in attendance to chop it up with him.
What started with Young making a few shirts with the phrase “Most Hated” written on them last year has turned itself into full fledged brand for the young NBA player that now includes a line hoodies, hats, track pants. It has since gotten co-signed by everyone from fellow players like LeBron James to one of the league's “most hated” players Kevin Durant, and players have even asked him to send them some gear in the middle of games. He also mentioned how he would love to see Most Hated makes its way onto some style icons like Kanye West and Rihanna. “I'd hand deliver it to [Rihanna] personally,” says Young.
Aside from his brand, Swaggy P touched on how he was recruited to the reigning NBA Champions, as well as the personal style of some of his new teammates like Draymond Green and Steph Curry. Check out the full interview in the video above, and shop the Most Hated collection via the brand's online store here.
If you're an athlete of any reasonable stature, the last thing you want is to be afflicted by a curse that keeps you from maximizing your success. One man has been at the center of athlete curses over the last few years, and it appears the BasedGod might have another victim in mind.
So who's the guilty party this time? It's not an NBA All-Star, it's not a veteran who has tortured Lil B's favorite team, and in fact, it's not even a player who has participated in an NBA game yet. This time, it's a rookie, as Lonzo Ball appears to be the newest target for the BasedGod's curse.
Lonzo ball is a few seconds away from being cursed his rookie year on the lakers, nas is hip hop and always relevant, watch ur team – Lil B
If you haven't been paying attention, the comment Lil B is referring to came earlier in the week, when Ball dismissed the relevance of the Queensbridge legend, declaring more recent rappers are “real hip hop” in an episode of the Ball clan's new reality series, Ball in the Family.
“Y’all outdated, man. Don’t nobody listen to Nas anymore,” said Ball. “Real hip-hop is Migos, Future.”
As you might expect, a teenager disrespecting Nas—a rapper with some of the greatest albums of all-time under his belt—did not go over well with the public, and Lil B is on the verge of taking the backlash to a completely different level. With Ball on the verge of joining former cursed athletes like James Harden and Kevin Durant, the BasedGod's warning was met with applause on Twitter.
So far, the BasedGod's curse has done nothing to slow down the Ball family's takeover of all things sports and pop culture. The loudmouth behind Big Baller Brand, LaVar Ball, is all set to make an appearance in NBA 2K18. Yes, even in a video game you can be told you're not a big baller.
On Wednesday, Nick Young agreed to a one-year, $5.2 million deal with the Golden State Warriors, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The move will get Young incredibly close to capturing his first NBA title, but it will also unite him with the fanbase he bashed on Twitter last year.
I hate 2016 GS fans … They dnt know nothing about basketball
The triple-double has never guaranteed a win or a championship. Yet, the NBA world's fetishization of stats—not to be confused with the catch-all term old heads deride: analytics—has elevated the triple-double to a monolith of all-around excellence. Because of this, Russell Westbrook's breaking of Oscar Robertson's 60-year-old record for triple-doubles in a single campaign and his season-long average of 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists was the storyline of the regular season. But the veneration of the triple-double across the NBA landscape hurts the game in the long run, and it might even exclude #WhyNot Russ from MVP.
The difficulty in attaining a triple-double, let alone averaging one, speaks to its hallowed place in modern NBA lore. (This wasn’t always the case, but don’t you dare blame Ice Cube). Double digits in three or more of the traditional counting stats—points, rebounds, assists, blocks, or steals—in a single game is hard, but to do so at the NBA level for an entire 82-game season used to be thought of as impossible. Except, the unfathomable season Russ just put forth has been clouded by talk of triple-doubles, and for the rest of the league it’s an ominous storm.
The unequal footing fans give the triple-double doesn’t translate when you hear people pop off about the MVP on Twitter. Most national media with a vote don’t give the stat as much clout as the average fan, and they shouldn’t.
The moment we elevate a statistical total—no matter how improbable—above the result of the actual game, the game itself becomes debased. No one knows this better than Russ, who tried to shut down the incessant talking point back in December, snapping at reporters, “I really don’t care. For the hundredth time. I don’t care. All I care about is winning, honestly. All the numbers shit don’t mean nothing to me.”
But that claim is disingenuous. Just ask every rebound from an opponent's missed free throw corralled by No. 0 with Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, and Enes Kanter blockading the paint like it was their point guard’s turn at SpikeBall.
But Russ isn't the only one to upend what makes basketball so amazing by gunning for a triple-double. Draymond Green, the team-first Swiss Army Knife who, in our opinion, is the best defender in the game today, admitted to hurting his Warriors by chasing a triple-double last season. He knew it had impinged on his ability to just play.
Up big in the third quarter in a game against the 76ers, he made a concerted effort to notch another triple-double. “We started turning the ball over due to my selfish unselfishness, and it was all downhill from there,” Green said of his actions. When he was asked about his attempt for that final assist, he was almost embarrassed: “Could you tell? It looked bad. It felt bad.”
That's the biggest problem when the triple-double becomes the whole exercise. Draymond isn’t the only one to lapse into this type of thinking, and he’s certainly not the most overt example. That distinction belongs to Ricky Davis, or—for the younger readers—Nick Young before Nick Young.
In 2003, holding a 25-point lead late in the fourth against the Utah Jazz, Ricky shot at his own basket to get his final rebound for a triple-double. DeShawn Stevenson fouled him rather than let it happen.
“I was proud of DeShawn, and I would have knocked him down harder,” then-Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. “They can put me in jail for saying that, but that's the way it is.”
But Ricky isn’t the only one to break unspoken rules of sportsmanship in a selfish attempt for a triple-double. Nic Batum, Bobby Sura (on the cusp of his third in three games—how quaint!), and of course JaVale McGee have all gone to outrageous lengths for that coveted statline.
It’s demeaning. The players themselves know this, too. Like Draymond, Batum was besieged with grief when he realized he’d knocked down a 40-footer at the buzzer with his team up by seven: “That is maybe the worst thing I’ve done in my career,” he said right after the game. And this was a year after he punched Juan Carlos Navarro in the nuts during the Olympics.
The unequal footing fans give the triple-double doesn’t translate when you hear people pop off about the MVP on Twitter. Most national media with a vote don’t give the stat as much clout as the average fan, and they shouldn’t when you realize James Harden’s per-48 minute numbers compare favorably with Russ. It’s the impetus for the backlash against his MVP campaign.
Ironically, Russell’s triple-double lodestone has actually hurt him like it has the game. We’ve become so wrapped up in the statistic, the blood, guts, energy, and incredible stamina to maintain his level of production throughout this season gets swept under his box score’s rug. He’s so much more than that number, just like the game of basketball.