Clippers management asked Nick Young whether he knew the way to Staples Center, but of course he did.
He could drive it from memory. And as the Los Angeles native, who starred at Reseda Cleveland High and then at USC, weaved along the freeways of his youth Saturday, he did so slowly, and not just because of rain or traffic.
"I was just trying to take this all in, as I was driving," said the shooting guard and newest member of the Clippers.
The former Washington Wizards guard was relocated to his old stomping grounds via a three-team, five-player trade Thursday. He didn't have any inkling it would take place until that afternoon, when his mother called.
"She was screaming," he said, smiling.
Tim Floyd, his coach at USC, called too, as did a few other NBA players who hail from L.A. to congratulate him on his homecoming. Young called his return to L.A. a "dream come true," and it was something he had dreamed about often. He said he was willing to veto his no-trade clause for ...