Maybe it's me. Maybe I was wrong. It's happened before. It will happen again.

In the last week, I've had no fewer than four conversations with four different people about Nick Young. They're all people I respect. Some of them work at Comcast SportsNet. One had a long career in the NBA. Another (rhymes with Harshall Marris) is such a huge Young fan that I suspect he has Swaggy P footie pajamas at home. The lot of them think Young has improved significantly, that Doug Collins has turned him into more than the selfish shoot-first, ask-questions-never gunner that he's always been.

I wasn't buying it. But perhaps I should. Perhaps Young has suddenly evolved from selfish to selfless.

"[Young] has really listened as we've tried to teach him," Collins said. "He's focused and I told him when we got him that my goal as his coach was to make him a more polished player. Not 'Swaggy P' and the act, but a player. He's guarding now, he had four assists and he's getting in there and making plays for our guys. He's earned the trust of his teammates and, more importantly, he trusted the coaching staff when he came here."

Young played well in an 89-80 over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. (It was the first time the Sixers have won back-to-back games in more than two months, by the way). The shooting guard scored 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting from the field. The crowd loved it. You could hear the fans in the upper reaches of the Wells Fargo Center merrily chanting "Swaggy P" with almost every shot he made.