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Even with Kobe Bryant back, the Los Angeles Lakers seem sure to endure another difficult campaign in the impossibly good Western Conference.


That's right -- trouble's a-brewing in the Southland, and it has to do with Nick Young. Not his six- to eight-week absence with a torn thumb ligament, but new point guard Jeremy Lin's refusal to call Young by his somewhat self-applied nickname, "Swaggy P."

"He's super-cool," Lin told the media last week. "But I just find it ridiculous that everyone comes in and just calls him 'Swaggy.' You've got to earn it or something, and maybe he has but I just got here, so maybe I'll adopt [it] eventually."

What must he do to earn it, asked a reporter?

"It has to be something that I see," Lin said, "that when I look at him he just glows with Swaggy-ness."

Perhaps sensing the oncoming controversy, Lin walked back on his stance a little, adding: "He's hilarious. He's hilarious. He's really cool. So just out of respect for him being eight years in, if he wants me to call him Swaggy P, I guess I will. But besides that I'll call him Nick Young."

Sorry, Mr. Lin. Damage, done. If the Lakers don't make the playoffs, it won't be because the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans are all probably better.

It'll be because you questioned Nick Young's swaggy-ness.


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Happy Mother's Day! Here's hoping you sons out there didn't forget. A number of athletes sure didn't, taking to social media to share photos and deliver special messages to some of the most important women in their lives.

Kevin Durant, whose emotional NBA MVP acceptance speech included much love for his mother, Wanda Pratt, shared this powerful image before his Oklahoma City Thunder took on the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal:

Teammate Russell Westbrook was among many other NBA stars to take time out -- some from their still-active playoff runs -- to show their love. Also among them: Paul George, the Indiana Pacers All-Star whose mother, Paulette, suffered a stroke when he was 10.

In the NFL, Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas paid tribute to his mother, Debbie, a cancer survivor who was diagnosed two years before Earl was born (she calls him her "miracle baby"):

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sent a greeting to his mother and sister, while teammate NaVorro Bowman got his mom quite the gift:

Newly minted draft picks Sammy Watkins and Carlos Hyde joined NFL players Cameron Jordan and Chance Warmack in talking about their favorite mom-related memories:

Courtesy of Relativity Sports

And on the baseball diamond, where teams throughout Major League Baseball are using pink balls, bats, cleats and other accessories, the Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez went an extra step to show love for all the moms of the world:

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