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Bob Myers: 'We’re not calling him Swagy P,' Nick Young responds

Bob Myers: 'We’re not calling him Swagy P,' Nick Young responds

OAKLAND -- Joining the Warriors means Nick Young’s alter ego, Swagy P, is history, team president/general manager Bob Myers indicated Friday afternoon.

“We’re not calling him Swagy P,” Myers said minutes after officially signing the former Lakers guard to a one-year contract for $5.2 million.

“His name is Nick.”

Barely 10 minutes later, Young had a reply: Not so fast, Bob.

“Nah, I don’t think I could drop that,” Young said. “The fans like it. They won’t let me. I tried it, and they don’t call me Nick any more. I think I’m going to just stick with that. But I’m going to find my way through here. You’ve got the ‘Splash Bros,’ Swagy . . ..”

Young invented the nickname several years ago as an expression of his personality, he says. It’s a form of self-reference that has become among the most recognizable nicknames in the NBA, if not all of sports.

“I’m a cool guy,” he said. “I don’t know. It’s just a thing in LA. I was playing around one day and they just ran with it and now it’s stuck. My mom is telling me: ‘Don’t lose it now. You can’t. You’ve been doing that for four years.’ ”

So Young’s plan is to bring Swagy P with him from Southern California to the Bay Area.

Which might be OK. For now, as the Warriors, including Myers and the coaching staff, have plenty of time to extinguish the alter ego if they deem it necessary.

“I’m not a hard-headed guy, or a troublemaker,” Young said. “I just want to be in a winning atmosphere and feel that. Just fit in and be a part of something special. Whatever it takes for me to do that, I’m all for it.”

Warriors one win away from playing Pelicans in Western Conference Semifinals

Warriors one win away from playing Pelicans in Western Conference Semifinals

SAN ANTONIO -- The Warriors are one win away from advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals, and if they get there the New Orleans Pelicans will be waiting.

The Pelicans on Saturday became the first NBA team advance this postseason when they completed a sweep of Portland with a 131-123 win in Game 4 in New Orleans.

New Orleans entered the postseason as a No. 6 seed, while the Trail Blazers were the 3-seed and had earned homecourt advantage.

The Warriors have a 3-0 series lead over the San Antonio Spurs. The teams meet in Game 4 Sunday afternoon.

Should the Warriors close out the series, they would open against the Pelicans next weekend at Oracle Arena.

Steph Curry looks solid in return to Warriors practice with no sign of setback

Steph Curry looks solid in return to Warriors practice with no sign of setback

SAN ANTONIO -- Stephen Curry returned to practice Saturday, but there will be no miracle Sunday when the Warriors meet the Spurs in Game 4 of their first-round series.

“He’s coming along well,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “But don’t expect him to be Willis Reed tomorrow.”

The Willis Reed reference dates back to the 1970 NBA Finals, when the Knicks center came limping onto the court for Game 7, despite a torn muscle in his right thigh, provided an emotional lift that gave New York the victory.

Curry has missed the last four weeks with an MCL sprain in his left knee. The Warriors were pleased to have him back on the court for non-contact drills. He completed those drills along with his teammates, without any sign of a setback.

“From his movements, he looked good to me,” Kevin Durant said.

“He was really shooting the ball well and moving around well,” assistant coach Ron Adams said. “I don’t know how he’s feeling internally, but I like his attitude about this. He’s positive and upbeat and it rubs off on the other guys.”

Curry is scheduled to be re-evaluated next weekend, after which his status will be updated.

Though both Shaun Livingston and Durant rolled their left ankles in Game 3, participated in practice. Durant is not on the injury report and Livingston is listed as probable.