Friday's Lakers News: Participating in 3-point contest special for Nick Young

Nick Young calls 3-point participation a blessing: All-Star weekend offers a showcase of just how much has changed for Nick Young in the past six months. For the first time in his career, he’ll be part of it. On Saturday, he’ll compete in the 3-point contest against Golden State’s Klay Thompson, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, Portland’s CJ McCollum, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Houston’s Eric Gordon, Dallas’ Wes Matthews and Charlotte’s Kemba Walker. -- Los Angeles Times

The signs are all there: Magic Johnson is the man in charge of the Los Angeles Lakers: Since being named as a Lakers "advisor" two weeks ago, Magic Johnson has bombarded the media with one piece of advice. He shouldn’t be the advisor. He should be the boss. He has talked to USA Today about wanting to "call the shots." He told ESPN he wanted to be the Lakers’ "one voice." -- Los Angeles Times

Lakers young players D'Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram are intriguing but inconsistent: With every clutch shot and dazzling pass D’Angelo Russell makes, the Lakers see in him a blend of skills and potential that could anchor their backcourt for years. Their vision of the future gets a bit murkier, though, as he fumbles with errant shots, poor passes and lackadaisical defense. -- The Orange County Register

‘He’s a meme every night he plays:’ Nick Young’s one-of-a-kind NBA career rolls on: Nick Young considered the question: What, exactly, is he? Is he a basketball player? A celebrity? A weird sort of 21st-century icon? “What would you consider Bobby Brown?” Young asked me. I told him I wasn’t sure. -- The Washington Post