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Posted at 2:55 PM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Nick Young wants to beat "big brother" Gilbert Arenas

By Michael Lee

You know what, Nick, you should give me a portion of your next contract. (Jonathan Newton / TWP)


The Wizards were simulating late-game situations on Thursday afternoon when Nick Young got the ball with his team team trailing by one point. Young caught the ball, dribbled left and shot a fallaway jumper over Cartier Martin. The shot dropped and Young celebrated by stealing Sam Cassell's signature dance -- which Miami guard Eddie House recently brought back to life.

Young ran around the court, with his hands hanging near his knees. "That's a $25,000 fine," Cassell joked, referencing the punishment House received for the obscene gesture in Oklahoma City.

Young shouted and nodded afterward, as his confidence continues to grow in practices and games this season. Young's opportunity has come as the result of the Gilbert Arenas trade. Since moving into the starting lineup, Young is leading the team and averaging 20.9 points per game.

And Arenas has been keeping tabs on Young in Orlando, sending a message to him earlier this week in anticipation of his return to Verizon Center.

"Gil told me it's going to be like Raja Bell and Kobe" Bryant, Young said with a laugh. "He's going to clothesline me, he's going to do everything he can. It's going to be somebody out there trying to get 30 [points] and somebody trying to get six fouls. It's going to be a battle."

In the time Arenas and Young were together in Washington, they rarely shared the floor. Arenas was often injured, and when Arenas played, Young was often confined to the bench. Arenas pranked, counseled and encouraged Young, providing friendship and brutal honesty. "Gil, he was like a big brother to me," Young said. "He was somebody that had confidence in me and installed confidence in me. He's been there.

"Even though he's been traded. He still calls me every day, tells me things to do out there, little things," he said. "That's something that carried over, that confidence. Most definitely, more minutes, more confidence to go out there and play hard every night. Try to make something happen. That's what I try to do, make something happen. That's still in the back of my head."

Young has battled Arenas numerous times in practice and pickup games over the years, but those matchups usually ended with Arenas peppering him with a little trash talk and also some advice on how to get better. Now, Young will get the chance to go against Arenas as an opponent, although Arenas will be coming off the bench for Orlando.

"It's like playing against your big brother. You want to win, show him you're here, you've grown up," Young said. "I'm going to go out there and try my best. We're going to get a win."

This season could've been the first time that Young and Arenas actually played a lot together, but Arenas felt early in the preseason that his days in Washington were numbered. The last remaining piece from a core of former all-stars in Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison, Arenas decided to take a step back, as he looked around and saw an incredibly inexperienced roster built around No. 1 overall pick John Wall.

Believing that the team was going younger as he grew older, Arenas said he began grooming Young to take over for him, believing the 25-year-old could better run with Wall. His efforts even yielded a $50,000 fine when he faked an injury to help Young get a start (and avoid hearing boos in his home debut).

Young's emergence as a solid backup made Arenas more expendable and the Wizards felt that acquiring Rashard Lewis would help open more opportunities for Young while adding another perimeter scorer to assist Wall. "Nick had some real good stretches, last year, also," Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said. "He's shooting the ball basketball well and he's competing at a more consistent level."

Andray Blatche was asked after practice if the Wizards miss Arenas near the end of games and Blatche shrugged. "We do. On the plus side, we got Nick now. He's stepping up. He's balling. He's our new scorer. He's playing great, and I just want him to continue to work hard and continue to score for us. We have another player that stepped up and he's playing to that ability. It's pretty much the same."

Not quite, but at least Young is starting to believe.


By Michael Lee  | February 4, 2011; 2:55 PM ET
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young  
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Comments

my boy might not score tonight

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 4, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

i'd love to see nick go for 40 in a win, but i wouldnt mind seeing Gil hit a 35ft'er to take it at the buzzer either (what's 1 more loss afterall).

more likely to see nick go 6-20 and Gil play 5mins tho

someone other than NY has to get into scoring rhythm, whether it's Wall being more aggressive or kirk taking 15FGAs...cant just be Nick or he'll struggle, the magic are too good for that

Posted by: divi3 | February 4, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Nick Young and Jason Richardson in the same sentence as the word classic.

I've seen it all Jesus. I'm ready to come home.

Blatche got roasted by Jason Smith. I think Ryan Anderson can give him some trouble because he can pull him out on the perimiter. You know Dray isn't a fan of all that moving and stuff.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 4, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I was thinking the exact same thing. I think Ryan Anderson gave us some trouble last time around. You can chalk him up for 25 and 12 with 3 ALL DAy DRAY capped(blocked) shots.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 4, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see all 6 of Keveeeeeen's fouls rain down upon Howard's head&shoulders this evening as well. Dwight was something like 3-12 from the FT line last night, always exploit that

Posted by: divi3 | February 4, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Remember Wiz fans,
Tonight is the Home Edition of Washington Wizards basketball.
I anticipate a competitive game tonight. Wouldn't surprise me one bit to see the Wiz pull this one out.
The Wiz play well when its a packed Verizon Center. The young players ride the electricity and play above their heads.
Is Josh Howard back tonight?

Posted by: bozomoeman | February 4, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I find Young's obvious and continuing admiration for Arenas troubling on some level.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 4, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of criminal conduct in Washington area pro sports -- gee, I don't know why I thought about that -- Albert Haynesworth was just charged with assault in a 'road rage' incident...

Posted by: Samson151 | February 4, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: divi3 | February 4, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

how bout the Hundred million dollar Soft Forward we traded for? 4 pts the other night? Some would say he should just work on his defense, but i need more than 12 combined points from our starting PG,PF, and SF. I don't thin we'll be in it if Dray and Nick have to come up with all the offense. The funny thing is SVG knows Shard better than most coaches, i doubt he's even worried about him.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 4, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of criminal conduct in Washington area pro sports -- gee, I don't know why I thought about that -- Albert Haynesworth was just charged with assault in a 'road rage' incident...

Posted by: Samson151 | February 4, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

The guy who got hit told the cop he tought it was albert haynesworth............are you kidding me. You know how many obese black dudes there are out there that look like albert? If Darrell from The Office cut his fro, he'd look like albert. The miller high life delivery guy he looks kinda like albert. You get punched out for acting an ass in traffic and the only suspect is the only brother in VA with 100mil and a rep bad enough for the police to put out a warrant. Somehow i think this story will unravel similarly to all of the past run ins Big Al has had. He's like Rick Ross Teflon Don, that's also the name of his cable access cooking show, he makes a delectable creme brule

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 4, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"@DCMAN_88

If you know so much, why is team the worse it's been in 20 years without Gilbert? Have not been anything to be right about. Pre and post Gilbert when was the last time this team made the playoff over the past 20 years?
As far as a max deal, if he hadn't gotten it here, he would have gotten it somewhere else,(Golden State had a similar offer on the table) and for the record, it wasn't a max deal that he took from the Wizards and how do you know Abe wasn't behind that deal while everyone blames EG?

Echoing Wizfan, you ain't ever right about shiggity!

Posted by: zack5 | February 4, 2011 2:10 AM | Report abuse "

Well, in case you didn't notice, the CWebb lead Les BouleS did make it to the first round and played MJ's Bulls. Yes, you're wrong.

I've been right most of the time, if not all. In case you didn't notice, I said it was stupid to resign MeTawn at $50mil. Where is he now? I said it was bad to resign MeShawn who couldn't shoot anymore. Where's he at? I said it was stupid to give Gilby max money. Where is he now? Gilby was given max money and Grunfeld begged to him take less so that the could improve the team. Grunfeld ended up not even taking advantage of that extra money. Just a few of the many examples where I was right, whether you accept it or not.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 4, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

"The guy who got hit told the cop he tought it was albert haynesworth............are you kidding me. You know how many obese black dudes there are out there that look like albert? If Darrell from The Office cut his fro, he'd look like albert. The miller high life delivery guy he looks kinda like albert. You get punched out for acting an ass in traffic and the only suspect is the only brother in VA with 100mil and a rep bad enough for the police to put out a warrant. Somehow i think this story will unravel similarly to all of the past run ins Big Al has had. Posted by lilhollywood10"

Hmmm... doesn't exactly sound like a case of mistaken identity. They're arguing over who started it...

"(CNN) -- Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth is named in a misdemeanor assault warrant accusing him of punching a motorist who had complained the NFL player was tailgating, a police spokeswoman said Friday."

"A Fairfax County magistrate issued the simple assault warrant Thursday night, police spokeswoman Mary Ann Jennings said."

"Haynesworth's agent, Chad Speck, said it was the other driver who instigated the incident and called the accusation "ridiculous."

"The incident between Haynesworth and the motorist, whom police declined to identify, occurred Wednesday as the two drove on the Fairfax County Parkway."

"The motorist told police the driver of a pickup truck -- later determined by police to be Haynesworth -- was tailgating him, so he delivered a "non-verbal hand gesture" to the driver, Officer Shelley Broderick said."

"The man told police that when the two stopped at a red light, Haynesworth got out of the truck and the two briefly exchanged words before Haynesworth threw a punch, according to Broderick."

"The man called police. After making a statement, he drove himself to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, Broderick said."

"Speck said Haynesworth has not yet told his side of the story to police."

"If contacted by the authorities, Albert will certainly cooperate in any way," Speck said in a statement e-mailed by his office. "This man, who actually provoked the situation himself, recognized Albert and is now simply trying to turn it into his 15 minutes of fame and get, we can only assume, some money."

"The warrant allows Haynesworth to turn himself in and simply sign a summons promising to appear in court, Broderick said."

Posted by: Samson151 | February 4, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

how bout the Hundred million dollar Soft Forward we traded for?
----

well, at least he's shooting at a rate 10% better than the guy we traded for him.

Posted by: MinuMang | February 4, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Most nights, diehard W'zards fan but not tonight. Hope Gil gets 30 but I hope we play well. . . yo know, I kinda already know how we'll play. GET'EM GILBERT!

Posted by: zack5 | February 4, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm not to sharp about the hands at the knees and $25,000 fine,(obscene gesture in Oklahoma City)? There was no hints of meaning to help us square type folks. Then it hit me maybe he was bending over and showing his behind prominently with hands on knees. If not that, I'm to stupid without more info. THANKS GILBERT, this youngster walked on the NBA platform showing he believed he belonged-he's got game. Unfortunately he's a Wizard, we never get the Larry Brown types that teach and can coach to win against anyteam. He would be a Wizard first coach instead of a NBA first coach.

Posted by: CTaylor42 | February 4, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

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