LA Lakers: Are Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant the Perfect Pairing?

July 14th, 2012 by Howard Ruben Leave a reply »
For all the critics—and there are many—who think Kobe Bryant will have difficulty adjusting to a point guard who handles the ball a majority of the time, I have a simple two-word answer—think again.

In his entire 16-year career, Kobe Bryant has never had a backcourt mate who ran an offense like Steve Nash. In fact, the Lakers of the past 16 years have never had anyone with the eye-popping assist totals of a Steve Nash. 

Bryant's new backcourt mate has averaged at least 7.3 assists per game for each of the last 12 years and led the league in total assists the past three. In six of the last seven seasons, Nash has dished out over 10 assists per game. How can this not be a good thing for Kobe and company?

All signs point to an on-court relationship that instantly kicks the Lakers up a notch or two in the race for an NBA Championship, according to ESPN. Even the Las Vegas oddsmakers have changed their tune on the Lakers winning the title after Nash agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that brought him to Los Angeles this month. 

Odds that L.A. would win an NBA title in 2012-13 were 12-1 before Nash and  8-1 sinc ...

Read Full Article at Bleacher Report - NBA
Article written by


Comments are closed.