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Nick Young opens up about why he signed with Warriors last summer

Nick Young opens up about why he signed with Warriors last summer

Some wondered what the Warriors were doing when they signed Nick Young last summer.

Would the quirky Young really fit in with the defending champs? Would he be too much of a goofball for a locker room full of All-Stars?

Much to the surprise of most, Young didn't ruin the Warriors' chemistry. He didn't fill the statsheet on a consistent basis, but he made big shots off the bench when the Warriors needed them.

Basking in the glory of being an NBA champion, Young took a break from his non-stop party to talk to Complex Magazine last week.

How did Young end up with the Warriors last summer? According to Young, Lakers head coach Luke Walton called up the Warriors and vouched for the free agent sharpshooter.

On July 8, 2017, Young signed a one-year deal with the Warriors for the mid-level exception. He made just under $5.2 million, a slight paycut from the previous season.

“I just needed to win. I had been on a lot of losing teams. Always rebuilding. I feel I needed to experience [winning] and be around guys who are just really good teammates like Draymond, even though he’s crazy,” Young told Complex.

As for the 2018-19 season, Young is still a free agent. The Warriors don't have a roster spot to bring him back. According to Young, he was hoping the Rockets might have had a spot for him, but it doesn't appear that is happening.

Why did he want to go to the Rockets?

"[Mike D'Antoni] is one of the best coaches I played with," Young told Complex.

With the season rapidly approaching, does Young see a fit for him in the league?

“I just have to find that exact spot. That’s more key than anything for me than just rushing out there. It’s my 11th year. But I’m not used to it. I’m used to signing early. My agent’s telling me to relax and to be more patient," Young said.

Bob Myers tells hilarious story of playing H-O-R-S-E with Kobe Bryant

Bob Myers tells hilarious story of playing H-O-R-S-E with Kobe Bryant

Before he joined the Warriors as assistant general manager in April 2011, Bob Myers served as an NBA player agent.

He worked for the legendary Arn Tellem, who was Kobe Bryant's first agent. So naturally, Myers crossed paths with Kobe quite often in the late 1990s and early 2000s. And during a radio appearance Monday morning on 95.7 The Game, Myers shared the following story about the NBA legend who tragically died Sunday morning in a helicopter crash.

"This guy embodied the antithesis of load management. He would play when he shouldn't have played. He would play against doctor's orders. We were doing a commercial -- I didn't have any money then -- he was with Adidas then. He was doing an Adidas commercial and he said, 'Do you want to be an extra on a commercial?'

"I said, 'All right, fine.' So I went there and we were playing H-O-R-S-E. And on these commercial shoots, it's thousands of dollars every time a second (is wasted) because they're paying the crew. I was winning -- I had him H-O-R-S. They had this crane set up where he was gonna be in the air dunking, and they were waiting for him.

"So the director said, 'Kobe, we're ready.' And he said, 'No, no. I got to finish this game.' And I looked at him and I said, 'You got to go do your commercial, man. It's fine, I won. I won this game.' He goes, 'No, no, no. We're finishing the H-O-R-S-E game.' 

"Then the director and hundreds of people are looking at me going, 'You got to stop him.' I said, 'What do you guys want me to do?' I said, 'Fine, I won't play.' Kobe said, 'No, you got to finish.' Of course he comes back and beats me.

"That's who he was. He competed."

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What a great story. But we aren't supposed to be hearing about these types of memories right now. Kobe is supposed to be with us still.

Life just isn't fair.

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Draymond Green issues emotional message regarding Kobe Bryant's death

Draymond Green issues emotional message regarding Kobe Bryant's death

It still doesn't seem real, and never will.

Kobe Bryant died Sunday at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash.

On Monday morning, Warriors forward Draymond Green posted the following message to Instagram:

"I’ve waited and waited with hope that this bad dream would end and I never had to make this post. Hoping that someone would report that it wasn’t You in that helicopter like they initially thought. I went to sleep on the couch yesterday while they talked about you on TV. I thought I’d wake up and the story would be gone. Only to wake up to more details of you being GONE. Kobe, I thank you for being the person that you were, the big brother that you were. Not only to myself but to many others. You left a legacy that’ll NEVER be forgotten. We lost one of the good guys. I’ll continue to pray for the Bryant family as well as all the other families affected by this horrific tragedy! RIP BEAN #GoneTooSoon"

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I’ve waited and waited with hope that this bad dream would end and I never had to make this post. Hoping that someone would report that it wasn’t You in that helicopter like they initially thought. I went to sleep on the couch yesterday while they talked about you on TV. I thought I’d wake up and the story would be gone. Only to wake up to more details of you being GONE. Kobe, I thank you for being the person that you were, the big brother that you were. Not only to myself but to many others. You left a legacy that’ll NEVER be forgotten. We lost one of the good guys. I’ll continue to pray for the Bryant family as well as all the other families affected by this horrific tragedy! RIP BEAN #GoneTooSoon

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How did Draymond deal with the consequences of being suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals? He called Kobe.

Here's an excerpt from an October 2017 article by Clay Skipper of GQ:

Bryant’s words, according to Green: Ninety-eight percent of people are okay with mediocrity or less. Guys like Bryant and Green, though, they're out for something different—greatness. So, Green remembers Kobe saying, “as long as you wait for them to understand you, you’re f--ked.”

“It was the best s--t I ever heard,” Green says. “Because it gave me an understanding of why people don’t understand me. I’m so crazy competitive. I put my competitiveness up there with anyone. How could someone understand that? It’s a different level.”

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Kobe's impact was on a "different level" and his tragic death is something the world never will understand.

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