Michael Tillery of SLAM talks to Philadelphia rookie Thaddeus Young, who has been playing so well lately:
MT: Well you had a nice game today. I gotta come up with some kind of nickname for you because of your skills around the rim ...
TY: (Laughs) Ask him my nickname.
MT: What's his nickname, bruh?
Willie Green: Who, Thad? Baby Legs.
MT: Baby Legs? (Laughing as I say "wow.") Well, it's apropos. Especially this time of year with everyone worn out.
Philly sportswriter Tom Moore then asks: "Is that a compliment?" and we all laugh.
TY: I don't like it. (Smiling, shaking his head.)
MT: Well, what do you think your name should be?
TY: They said I can't choose.
MT: There it is ...
Young later demonstrates some tremendous self-awareness:
At first I was told that I wasn't going to play some games and I was going to play some games. That didn't sit well with me. I want to play every game, so I'm going to work as hard as I could to play in every game. That's what I did. It's what I kept focusing on was the task at hand -- playing defense.
I didn't play a lick of defense in high school and college, so I had to focus in on that. ... My main job in high school and college was to score the ball. Now I'm a role player and I'm willing to accept that job.
Photo: AP Photo/Chris Gardner