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Lakers' Nick Young is making rookies Clarkson, Randle call him 'Daddy Swag'

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If the Los Angeles Lakers 2014 rookie class weren't aware of the eccentric character that is Nick Young before their arrival at the famous purple and gold franchise it hasn't taken long for Young aka 'Swaggy P' to impose his bizarre antics onto them.

The shooting guard has already put to good use his veteran status by ensuring that the rookies - namely Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle - welcome him by a certain nickname every morning on arrival at the Lakers practice facility?

A new swag

Nick Young/Swaggy P takes up the story from here:

"The rooks you know, y'all got to ask them all what they got to call me all year," Young told Lakers.com.

"When you talk to them next time ask Jordan (Clarkson) what he calls me every morning and ask Julius (Randle) what he calls me every morning," he continued with a not to subtle grin on his face.

So what exactly is the man who already has one of the most recognizable nicknames in the game going by these days?

"He told me to call him scrappy feet," was Clarkson's initial response and judging by his quick cover up he can probably expect some further rookie punishment for that.

"Na, he told me to call him 'Daddy Swag'...Yeah it's a rookie duty so I'm gonna make sure I get it done," explained the Missouri graduate selected 46th overall this summer.

As for Julius Randle he was far more reluctant to divulge the name he had been forced to call Young by all season long - we are assuming either Randle is just too shy or the nickname is simply not suitable for a television audience.

You can try and decipher what he said for yourself by watching the interview.

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Rookie duty

As Young alluded to, the life of an NBA rookie is filled with certain duties bestowed on them from the more senior stars - some more pleasant than others we're sure.

From carrying the equipment, to running extra laps and funny nicknames, to having your entire car filled with popcorn and being made to wear a tiny pink rucksack on road trips former college stars across the league are certainly brought back down to Earth with a bump as they begin their professional career.

And Nick Young promised there was more in store for the likes of Randle and Clarkson:

'That's their first part of rookie duties. I'm a little vet now so I'm about to have fun with these young guys."

Following in the footsteps of legends

If anything the Lakers rookie class should feel honored to be following in the footsteps of some of the greats in getting 'hazed' at the famous franchise.

Not so long ago it was revealed that some of the team's greatest ever players such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain made it a point of their to come out and get involved in the hazing of then youngster, now Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant.

Bryant's 'initiation' largely consisted of running laps and picking up luggage and we certainly can't see him calling any one his Daddy - even if those two legends have a bit more sway than Swaggy P.

But you never know in the life of an NBA rookie.

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