After waiting 301 days, Nick Young finally has his ring.
The free-agent forward known as Swaggy P -- who also gave himself the "Swag Champ" moniker -- received his 2018 NBA championship ring from former Warriors teammate Draymond Green in a pregame ceremony Friday. Golden State hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers, the same team it swept in the 2018 NBA Finals.
In a fashion truly befitting of Young, the Warriors received a delay-of-game warning from referee Ken Mauer after the ceremony took too long.
Warriors are celebrating pregame with Nick Young. Taking too long chatting with him. Ken Mauer heated. Dings them for a delay of game. Warriors vs referees continues.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 6, 2019
Young signed a one-year deal with the Warriors ahead of the 2017-18 season, carrying the recommendation of Los Angeles Lakers head coach (and former Warriors assistant) Luke Walton as Golden State sought 3-point shooting off the bench. In 80 regular-season games with the Warriors, Young shot 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and averaged 7.3 points in 17.4 minutes per game.
But Young shot just 29.8 percent from 3-point range in 20 playoff games, and only played 10.3 minutes per contest. He did play well against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, making 36.8 percent of his 3-pointers, including one shot in particular that coach Steve Kerr said was the biggest in the Warriors' Game 7 win in Houston. Young also enjoyed the title as much as any of his teammates, walking shirtless off of the Warriors' plane and ultimately getting a tattoo of the Larry O'Brien trophy on his neck.
Now, he has the jewelry to match.