08/07/12 9:33 am EST
The story goes something like this: the Sixers sacked a productive, if overpaid, player in Elton Brand, then gave his money to Kwame Brown, Spencer Hawes, and our interview subject. Brown is a mediocre player coming of a significant injury. Hawes, well, is Hawes. We all know what kind of player he is and what we will get from him. And then there is Young, a streaky sharp shooter with no lack of confidence who was basically brought here to replace the very popular and very productive Louis Williams.
But let’s put all of those polarizing details aside for a second. After talking with him on the phone, Young seems like a nice guy and we all know he’s a hell of a fun player to watch. Plus Doug Collins has a pretty impressive recent track record of shepherding toolsy but decent players into the land of pretty good-dom (see Hawes, Spencer and Young, Thaddeus). So let’s have some faith that Collins can help Young reach his full potential here in Philly. Young picked up his cell and talked to us last night from his home town of LA, where he’s been thinking about housing, working on his agility, and watching his college girlfriend run in the Olympics.
Q and A, as always, after the J.