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Nick Young's right arm is no longer 'strictly for buckets'

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Nick Young's right arm is no longer 'strictly for buckets'

BY PETER HAILEY

Former Wizards guard Nick Young is known for saying and tweeting some of the most outrageous things in the NBA, but few quotes from Swaggy P are better than the one where he said he wouldn't get tattoos on his right arm because it was "strictly for buckets."

Unfortunately, it appears that Young has officially sacrificed the sanctity of his shooting arm, as multiple Instagram posts show that Young's bucket-getting limb is actually now inked up. Sorry, we should've told you to take a seat first before you read that last sentence.

Take a look for yourself, and try to hold back tears as you come to grips with the fact that the 30-year-old has ended the era where his right arm was around simply to unleash majestic step-back 30 footers:

Nick Young and M.H.P. are on the floor now taking on NWA. The winner gets a spot in the Russell Brown Division championship game against Houdini's All-Stars at #thedrew next Saturday.

A photo posted by Drew League (@drewleague) on Aug 2, 2015 at 1:34pm PDT

Let's get ready @drewleague tomorrow #LookAtBigMeatStomachTho

A photo posted by Nick Young (@swaggyp1) on Jul 31, 2015 at 8:57pm PDT

As you can see, Young's right forearm boasts a tattoo of legendary rapper Tupac Shakur's face. If you're going to violate the "no tats on the right arm" rule, doing so by putting Tupac's face on it is certainly the way to do it.

Young's choice brings up many questions, such as, "Are arms that are strictly for buckets officially a thing of the past?" and "Will those who have preserved their limbs in order to score a lot of points follow in Young's footsteps?" But one thing is for sure: If Young's shooting percentage plummets in 2015/16, we'll know why.

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Former Terp Kevin Huerter makes NBA All-Rookie Second Team

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Former Terp Kevin Huerter makes NBA All-Rookie Second Team

With Dallas' Luka Doncic and Atlanta's Trae Young leading the way, the top five NBA draft picks from 2018 have been selected as the top five NBA rookies this season.

Doncic and Young were unanimous first-team selections for the NBA All-Rookie team, which was announced Tuesday. Phoenix's Deandre Ayton, Memphis' Jaren Jackson and Sacramento's Marvin Bagley III are also on the first team, which was chosen by 100 voters who cover the league.

Ayton, Bagley, Doncic, Jackson and Young were the first five picks in the last year's draft.

This marks the first time since the 1984 draft that the first five picks ended up as first-team all-rookie -- the selections that year being Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Bowie, Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Charles Barkley. That was the entirety of the rookie team that season; the NBA didn't start doing first- and second-team selections until 1988-89.

The Hawks had two all-rookie selections this season, with Kevin Huerter on the second team to join Young. Also on the second team were a pair of Los Angeles Clippers, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet, along with Cleveland's Collin Sexton and New York's Mitchell Robinson.

Rookie of the year will be announced at the NBA Awards show in Los Angeles on June 24. Doncic, Young and Ayton are the finalists.

Doncic and Young join other unanimous first-team all-rookie picks over the last decade: Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell (2018), Malcolm Brogdon and Dario Saric (2017), Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis (2016), Andrew Wiggins (2015), Michael Carter-Williams (2014), Damian Lillard (2013), Kyrie Irving (2012), Blake Griffin (2011) and Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings and Stephen Curry (2010).

Others receiving votes: Phoenix's Mikal Bridges, New York's Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, Minnesota's Josh Okogie, Dallas' Jalen Brunson, Brooklyn's Rodions Kurucs, Chicago's Wendell Carter Jr., Charlotte's Mile Bridges, Detroit's Bruce Brown, Sacramento's Harry Giles III, Orlando's Mo Bamba and Indiana's Aaron Holiday.

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Tim Connelly explains his interview with Wizards, decision to stay with Nuggets

Tim Connelly explains his interview with Wizards, decision to stay with Nuggets

Tim Connelly sat down with Wizards owner Ted Leonsis about the head front-office opening on Friday.

On Monday, NBC Sports Washington confirmed that he decided to stick with his role as president of basketball operations for the Denver Nuggets

A day later, he spoke to the media at a press conference and answered questions about his meeting with Washington.

Clear in Connelly's comments were his respect for Leonsis, but commitment to continuity in Denver. 

"I had a really nice conversation with Mr. Leonsis and his staff. He's a fantastic owner, I think a real visionary. I was really impressed by who he was and his thoughts for the team. That team's going to be special quickly under his leadership. We just had a conversation and not much more than that."

As for the reason for the discussion with Leonsis, Connelly said it came down to his love for the franchise. 

"I spent 14 years there. Certainly it's where I'm from, it's where my wife's from, so I just wanted to have the conversation because I care about the organization," he said.

"I'd never had an audience with [Leonsis], so to have that conversation and exchange of ideas, you know, it's flattering." 

Ultimately, however, the Baltimore native emphasized that Washington couldn't entice him away from the franchise he'd spent the last six years building. 

"Loyalty and patience is such a rarity in professional sports and that's here in spades. Those things matter to me," he said. "I had a hard time envisioning myself elsewhere."

With Connelly out of the picture, the list of candidates for the Wizards front-office opening is narrowing. Currently, Tommy Sheppard, Danny Ferry and Troy Weaver remain in the conversation. 

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