Are Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash the NBA’s Worst Defensive Backcourt?

January 12th, 2013 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Los Angeles Lakers guards Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash will recognized as two of the greatest players to ever man their respective positions once they finally retire, but their historical standing doesn't mean much to the Lakers right now.

The Oklahoma City Thunder sent the Lakers to their sixth consecutive defeat in an impressive 116-101 beatdown on the Lakers' home court on Friday night.

The defeat illustrated how wide the chasm is between the defending Western Conference champions and the Lakers, and it also offered a few clues why there is little chance of the Lakers closing that gap anytime soon.

An inferior bench, injuries and a lack of athleticism are just a few of the issues plaguing the Lakers, but their porous defense is a fundamental flaw that head coach Mike D'Antoni seems to have no idea how to correct.

And it doesn't help that the two players most responsible for making the Lakers go are also at the root of their defensive problems.

Bryant and Nash may not be the NBA's worst defensive starting backcourt, but they are certainly in the running, and their breakdowns on the perimeter have gotten so bad that th ...

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