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Lakers' Malik Monk Talks Nick Young Inspiration: Right Arm 'Strictly for Buckets'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 3, 2022

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - DECEMBER 29: Los Angeles Lakers guard Malik Monk #11 during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum on December 29, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee. 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.  (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)
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Don't expect to see tattoos on the right arm of Malik Monk anytime soon.

The Los Angeles Lakers guard said Monday how his dominant arm is "strictly for buckets," explaining how the idea goes back to something former NBA swingman Nick Young once said.

Dave McMenamin @mcten

Malik Monk said he was 17 when he heard Nick Young said he only got tattoos on his left arm because his right arm, featuring his shooting hand, was “strictly for buckets,” and so Monk started doing the same thing. He almost has a full sleeve on his L arm but his R is off limits

Young shared a photo in 2014 in which he was getting some fresh ink on his left arm. He later added he was intentionally keeping his right arm tattoo-free:

Nick Young @NickSwagyPYoung

No tats on the right arm Strictly for buckets

It may distress Monk to know Young later reversed course and defended his about-face by saying his unblemished arm was "mad I put limitations on it."