Former NBA player Nick Young strengthens the Philippines team in the Dubai tournament

Nick Young #6 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after hitting the net against the Indiana Pacers at the ORACLE Arena on March 27, 2018 in Oakland, California.

FILE–Former NBA player Nick Young. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines — Former NBA bodyguard Nick Young will strengthen the Strong Group Realty Philippines team in the 32nd Dubai International Basketball Championship from January 27 to February 5.

Strong Group coach Charles Tiu is expecting Young, who is also known as ‘Swaggy P’, to showcase his NBA form and bring his scoring skills to the Philippine team, which is owned by the team. Ateneo defender and UAAP Season 85 champion Jacob Lao.

“We hope that somehow he can still keep his NBA form. We expected him to score a lot of goals for us, that’s why we got him,” Tiu told Inquirer Sports.

Tiu, who’s recent led Saint Benilde University to the NCAA Finals for the first time in two decadessaid it would announce their other players, who will be teaming up with Young, on Thursday.

Young, an 11-year NBA veteran who was selected in 16th overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2007 Draft, will arrive in the Philippines in the second week of January.

“He’s coming in the second week of January and we’re going to Dubai at the end of the month,” Tiu said.

On Wednesday, the former NBA player quoted Tiu’s tweet with the caption, “My man.”

Young also tweeted earlier: “Pba 👀” hours before Game 2 of the Commissioners Cup Final between Barangay Ginebra Kings and Bay Area Dragons.

Last December 6, Young took to Twitter to express his desire to compete in the Philippines.

The 37-year-old keeper also played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers.

He won an NBA title with Golden Empire Warriors, was led by Steph Curry, during the 2018 season.

The last time Young played in the NBA was with the Denver Nuggets, where he played only four games before being exempted from the competition.

The 6-foot-7 high-shooting guard entered the 3×3, Big 3 league, signing with the Enemies last year.

Young also tried boxing, facing TikTok star Malcolm Minikon in an exhibition this past September 10.

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