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Lakers’ Nick Young to participate in NBA 3-point contest at All-Star Weekend

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The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Thursday afternoon that veteran guard Nick Young was selected to participate in the NBA 3-point contest that will take place during the All-Star weekend in New Orleans. 

Young will be just the third Laker in franchise history to partake in the event joining Michael Cooper (1987) and Byron Scott (1987 and 1988). It will also be the 31-year-old’s first time competing in the contest in his NBA career. 

He will go up against the likes of  Houston Rockets’ Eric Gordon, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving, Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, Dallas Mavericks’ Wesley Matthews, Portland Trail Blazer’ C.J. McCollum, and defending champion Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson

Following Tuesday’s win over the Denver Nuggets, Young had voiced a strong desire to be in the event, according to AXS.com’s Ryan Ward

“Yeah, I’d do it,” Young said of the three-point contest. “Start it up for me. Start my campaign for me. I would most definitely do it.” 

Young is currently posting the best shooting percentage of his career hitting a career-high 45.1 percent of his attempt from the field and 42.4 percent from beyond the arc. He is also 10th in the NBA in three-point field goals made (128), which is just seven short tying his career-high mark. 

Among players who have hit 100-plus 3-pointers this season, he ranks fourth in 3-point field goal percentage. He also set a Lakers’ record with 36 three-pointers (36-64, 56.3 percent) over an eight-game span between Dec. 17 to Jan.1. During this stretch he also tied a career-high with eight 3-pointers against the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

NBA All Star game tickets have a current get-in price of a whopping $400, according to TicketIQ.com. However, the 3-point contest will cost you only $285, at a minimum. Smoothie King Center parking begins at $25, so you won’t have to spend too much beyond tickets. You can also find New Orleans parking for less than $15, so you can have tickets and parking for less than $300 if you want to see Nick Young in action.

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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