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Nick Young compares playing with Warriors vs playing with Kobe

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Nick Young compares playing with Warriors vs playing with Kobe

The Warriors opened training camp on Saturday, Sept. 23, which means Nick Young has been around his new teammates daily for about a month.

In a recent conversation with The Undefeated's Marc Spears, Young talked about his early days with Golden State.

“Like Kobe, it’s a totally different set of stars,” Young explained. “Kobe, you had to say, ‘What’s up?’ to him and talk to him. He was very standoffish.

"But these guys, once I came in, were already all jelling. It was kind of like family. I was a little nervous. It’s a new team that just won a championship, and it’s a bunch of great players.

"But they welcomed me great, so I thought that was unbelievable right there.”

Young and Kobe were teammates for three seasons in Los Angeles.

In 2013-14, Young averaged a career-high 17.9 points per game, while Kobe appeared in just six games because of injuries.

During Kobe's final NBA season (2015-16), Young appeared in only 54 games and averaged just 7.3 points on 34 percent shooting.

In Young's first regular season game in a Warriors uniform, he racked up 23 points on just nine shots (and was a team-worst -10).

On Monday against the Mavs, he chipped in 13 points (10 in the fourth quarter) and went 4-for-7 from deep.

He's thankful for the opportunity to compete for a ring, and if he gets one...

"I will probably be on TMZ the next day. The celebration is going to be crazy for sure.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Lakers to retire Kobe's jerseys before game vs Warriors

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Report: Lakers to retire Kobe's jerseys before game vs Warriors

Circle Dec. 18 on your calendars.

The Lakers will retire Kobe Bryant's jerseys that night before their game against the Warriors, according to multiple reports.

No. 8 and No. 24?

Kobe wore No. 8 from his rookie year (1996-97) through the 2005-06 season.

He rocked No. 24 from the 2006-07 campaign through 2015-16.

Over 67 career games against the Warriors, Kobe Bryant averaged 27.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

In his final NBA game on April 13, 2016, The Black Mamba turned in a legendary performance -- 60 points on 22-for-50 shooting, including 6-for-21 from distance.

That same night, the Warriors won their single-season record 73rd game and Steph Curry made 10 3-pointers (46 points total) to finish with 402 on the season.

The Warriors haven't exactly played well against the Lakers in Los Angeles the last three seasons:

- Dec. 23, 2015 -- Lakers 115, Warriors 105
- March 6, 2016 -- Lakers 112, Warriors 95
- Nov. 4, 2016 -- Lakers 117, Warriors 97 

Golden State also plays at Staples Center on Nov. 29.

The Warriors host the Lakers on Dec. 22 and March 14.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Curry passes Kobe on all-time postseason 3-point list

Curry passes Kobe on all-time postseason 3-point list

Steph Curry added another notch to his 3-point belt on Monday night.

With his third made trey of Game 4 against the Spurs, Curry passed Lakers legend Kobe Bryant for fifth place on the all-time postseason 3-pointers list.

Bryant finished his career with 292 postseason 3-pointers. Curry entered Monday's game in San Antonio with 290.

Only four names remain ahead of Curry: LeBron James (314 and counting), Manu Ginobili (317 and counting), Reggie Miller (320) and Ray Allen (385).