Nick Young always hid his addiction to ink by sticking to the "business"
tattoos that were hidden under his jersey and could only slightly be detected up close. But last summer, Young decided to add some visible artwork to his left forearm: the Yankees' NY logo surrounded by a huge star and the words, "In Swag We Trust."
Young was educated in the intricacies of swagger by Gilbert Arenas — whose "swag was phenomenal" — and DeShawn Stevenson — who once described himself as "swaggy" — when he arrived in Washington in 2007. Before he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team trade last March, Young gave himself the Twitter handle, "SwagyP," and it has taken on a life of its own in his new home in Philadelphia.
While making his third consecutive start for the 76ers on Wednesday, Young was introduced as "SwagyP" to fans at Wells Fargo Center. After each of Young's three three-pointers, the announced yelled, "SwagyP for three!" A few fans were even spotted walking around the concourse in T-shirts with his No. 1 and "Swaggy P" written on the back.
"Once coach started saying it," Young said, referencing 76ers Coach Doug Collins, who has become a big fan of the former Wizard, "everybody started saying it, really."
Young scored 18 points in helping the 76ers defeat the Wizards, 92-84, in his first meeting against his former team, connecting on two three-pointers in the third quarter and glaring angrily at Washington's bench after each one. He flexed and mean-mugged after his second three-pointer and Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker nearly fell over laughing in their seats from the bench.
"I was talking trash the whole game. I can't tell you what I was saying, though," Young said. "I was just messing with some of the guys. Kevin, Cartier [Martin] over there. They was talking trash. The first shot I shot was almost an air ball, I was a little too hyped. But it's good to get a win against your old team. It was cool seeing the guys."
Nick Young's 'swag' going strong in Philadelphia
Washington Post | Jan 31