Nick Young tried to play it off as if he were sobbing. He joke-sobbed in front of the media with team security man Jackie Miles as the cameras and microphones encroached upon him for a pre-game interview session about the day’s big trade. Nick later joke-sobbed with assistant coach Sam Cassell. He played it off well, but it was clear that losing Gilbert Arenas, the closest teammate Young has had since entering the NBA, had a substantial effect.
Before playing the juggernaut Miami Heat, Nick spoke fondly of his departed friend with the same maturity as the manner in which his game has progressed this season. Nick then stepped on the court, played his heart out on defense, and led his team with 30 points as the Wizards almost upset the Heat, but they blew the game in the closing seconds. How fitting.