The Washington Times - April 21, 2011, 09:43AM

Our final installment of Wizards Takeaways end with guard Nick Young, who admits his game found new life after the Wizards traded guard Gilbert Arenas to the Orlando Magic for Rashard Lewis. Young began starting in the backcourt alongside John Wall and increased his scoring average to 17.4 points per game, and was in the discussion for the NBA’s most improved player, which ultimately went to the Timberwolves Kevin Love.

As a free agent, Young faces an off-season of uncertainty and is still rehabbing a sore left knee, but Young’s happy go lucky California casual demeanor gives the impression that whatever happens, it’s all good.


On his summer plans:

“It’s an opportunity to get better over the summer, come back and play the game.”

On the impending lockout:

“I’m just hoping for the best and try to put myself in a good position. If there’s a lockout it’s going to be tough, but I feel alright. I’m unemployed right now, so it’s tough. But I feel like I put myself in a good position where hopefully I’ll get in a position where I can play great.”

On his progress this season:

“I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to have a season like this and it was there, so I took advantage of it. I’m glad about how things turned out. My injury is nothing too serious; my leg is okay so it shouldn’t be too much damage.”

On playing with Jordan Crawford:

“We would be a great offensive threat. People wouldn’t know who to guard out there.”

On his rehab:

“It’s been good. I’m going to take some time off; they’ve got me doing Yoga this year, so I should come back flexible. It was my first time playing that many minutes and there’s a lot of wear and tear. You hit the wall. This year I played like 30-something minutes. My previous years I played like 15, had a fee DNP’s so it was tough on me.”

On staying with the Wizards:

“It would be great, but you never know. I’ve seen a lot being a Wizard. I’ve just got to keep my options open and hope for the best. The Wizards drafted me, so it’s only right for me to come back here. I learned a lot about the business part of the NBA and how serious it is. You can’t take it for granted.”

On taking less money to re-sign:

“I don’t know. My mom told me to never leave money on the table.”

On his off-season plans:

“I’m going to try and do some acting this year; get on the Hollywood scene, and I plan on cutting my hair. I’ll put out a blog when I cut it. I’m going to give this acting a try.”