But forget all of that. Now the most important opinion leader in the Los Angeles area has weighed in on the trade:
Nick Young: “I didn’t like that they traded Matt Kemp. Me and Matt Kemp are are like the same people. It's like the Lakers trading me."— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) December 12, 2014
Nick Young: "When you think of the Dodgers you think of Matt Kemp?"— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) December 12, 2014
Byron Scott: "What?! What is wrong with you? Tommy Lasorda."
Kemp is more outgoing than most players, but he's never come close to Young's level of gregariousness (nobody has).
And considering the Dodgers have players such as Clayton Kershaw, who's in the midst of one of the most dominating multi-year runs for a pitcher in memory, and Yasiel Puig, who captivates fans and observers every night, it's hard to believe anyone else shares Young's belief that Kemp was the face of the team.
But if we've learned one thing over the years, it's that you should never question "Swaggy P."
Young also on Thursday boasted about how Kobe Bryant couldn't stop him one-on-one. Of course, Young said his dominance occurred during the part of practice that wasn't open to the media, which seems awfully convenient.
- Ben Estes