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Nick Young Throws Down Monster Reverse Dunk over Joel Freeland

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 1: Steve Blake #5 and Nick Young #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate during their game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 1, 2013

Nick Young assured himself a place on the nightly highlight rundown by hammering home a one-handed reverse on Portland Trail Blazers big man Joel Freeland.

You can see in the clip that Young craftily snuck along the baseline as Portland's defense converged on Steve Blake in the right corner. Freeland's rotation was a half-step too late. The result?


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Smash.

The dunk was actually part of a two-slam special Young put together in quick succession. Here's the first one from moments before his rude spike on Freeland's head.

Young seemed especially hyped up during his mini dunk exhibition. I wonder what the explanation was for his boundless energy?

Well, that explains it.

Some players are motivated by the desire to stretch their athletic gifts to the furthest possible extent. Others are consumed with winning at all costs. And a select few draw strength from their desire to impress Rihanna.

To each his own.

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