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Nick Young predicts Warriors miss playoffs, Lakers win 2020 NBA title

Nick Young predicts Warriors miss playoffs, Lakers win 2020 NBA title

Nick Young has never been one to blend in with the crowd, and he's not about to change anytime soon.

Even though his NBA playing days are behind him, Young still is very much keeping tabs on the league, and -- this might shock you -- he has some noteworthy opinions. In speaking to Adam Caparell of Complex, Young offered some thoughts on the upcoming NBA season, and as you'd expect, he didn't shy away from hot takes.

One of those takes, in particular, concerned the Warriors.

When asked if he had one crazy prediction for the upcoming NBA season, Young provided a double dose.

"I will say either New Orleans making the eighth seed or Denver not making the playoffs," Young initially replied. "I don't think the Warriors going to make it this year. If they do, it's the eighth seed."

Predictions for the Warriors are all over the place, and Swaggy P is no different. ESPN projects Golden State as the third-best NBA team over the next three seasons, but some of the company's personalities have a considerably lower opinion of the Dubs.

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Young won his one and only NBA championship as a member of the Warriors, but clearly, that's not biasing his predictions. As for who he thinks the 2019-20 NBA champion will be, however, he went with one of the other five teams he played for in his 12-year career.

"Lakers."

I suppose they can't all be hot takes.

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Ex-Warrior Nick Young admits Kevin Durant would let media get to him

Ex-Warrior Nick Young admits Kevin Durant would let media get to him

In July 2017, the Warriors signed Nick Young to a one-year contract worth just under $5.2 million.

In 80 regular season games, he averaged 7.3 points and shot 37.7 percent from beyond the arc.

On Wednesday night, Swaggy P was a guest on 95.7 The Game and had the following exchange with Damon Bruce:

Bruce: "Did you get to know Kevin Durant well when he was here? What did you think of Kevin Durant? Was he easy to hang out with? Light-hearted guy or did he carry like a cloud over him at times?"

Young: "Ah nah. KD’s cool. You know, we came in together. We was the same draft and everything. So I've known him for a while. But he could get a little, get a little timid a little bit with the media, you know? He could let them get to him, get a little soft sometimes. But still, KD’s one of the best players ever."

Young didn't tell us anything we didn't already know, but it's still interesting to hear one of KD's former teammates acknowledge the media component.

And yes, the two-time NBA Finals MVP is one of the best to ever take the court.

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Lastly, Young definitely hasn't gotten over what happened between himself and new Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell in March 2016 when they were teammates on the Lakers.

"Can't be cool," he said. "There's no coming back from that."

Well OK then.

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Nick Young says Warriors head coach Steve Kerr rolls best blunt in NBA

Nick Young says Warriors head coach Steve Kerr rolls best blunt in NBA

Nick Young's career in the NBA appears to be over, but the former Warriors shooting guard still knows how to keep his name in the headlines. 

Young joined 95.7 The Game on Thursday morning and talked about some off the court topics ... including marijuana. 

"Probably [Warriors head coach] Steve Kerr," Young said when asked who rolls the best blunt in the NBA. 

Kerr first acknowledged to NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole in December 2016 that he used weed in the past, seeking relief from his chronic back pain. During the summer of 2015, Kerr underwent two surgeries on his back, the latter procedure in part to alleviate the pain from the first. He took a leave of absence that lasted nearly four months at the start of the 2015-16 season and took various painkillers. 

While he's an advocate for medicinal marijuana, turning to weed didn't exactly give him the relief he hoped for. 

“I’m not a pot person; it doesn’t agree with me,” Kerr said to Poole. “I’ve tried it a few times, and it did not agree with me at all. So I’m not the expert on this stuff. But I do know this: If you’re an NFL player, in particular, and you’ve got a lot of pain, I don’t think there is any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin.

"And yet athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin like it’s Vitamin C, like it’s no big deal.”

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Whatever he is doing, seems to be working. Kerr, now 53, is in much better health and hasn't missed a game due to his back issues in quite some time.