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Nick Young’s School of Swag

The L.A. Laker is one half of a pop-culture power couple—he’s engaged to rapper Iggy Azalea—and he’s also a certified connoisseur of cool.

To fully understand NBA star Nick Young, one must first become familiar with the term “swag.” For the uninitiated, the word describes a certain je ne sais quoi, a person who exudes an overall air of confidence—occasionally bordering on cockiness—with a knack for style and effortless panache. It’s the kind of expression that tends to get thrown around gratuitously, in the same way as, say, “genius” or “amazing.”* Few people truly embody the essence of swag, but Young happens to be one of them. Just ask him.

The 29-year-old Lakers guard began referring to himself as “Swaggy P” a few years back, and the name stuck. (Though the jury’s still out on what the ‘P’ stands for; Young tells varying stories of its origin.)  “I changed my Twitter handle [to @NickSwagyPYoung] and the next thing you know, nobody was calling me Nick anymore,” says Young, who boasts 177,000 followers on Twitter and over a million followers on Instagram…

This article originally appeared in DuJour Magazine. Read the rest of the story here.

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