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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Praises Steve Nash On How He Plays The Game

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The backcourt combination of Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash was expected to bring another championship to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, thanks to injuries to both, we have rarely seen the two operate together as teammates.

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Despite that, the two still hold each other in high regard, and Bryant respects Nash’s game immensely. In an appearance on NASH: The Documentary, Kobe had high praise for Nash and the way he plays:

“He brought back basketball the way it’s supposed to be played, like when Bird was a player and when Magic was a player.”

As a former two-time MVP, Nash showed himself to be one of the best pure point guards in the history of the NBA. He didn’t dominate the game by scoring, but rather by elevating his teammates in a way that few had ever done.

Kobe’s comparison to Magic and Bird may seem like a stretch to some, but it makes sense. Both Bird and Magic were excellent teammates in addition to being amazing players. Their passing ability and court vision truly elevated their teammates as well as themselves, much like Nash.

If the Lakers plan on making a quick turnaround, it would really help to have Steve Nash healthy and contributing. While there is still a possibility that he may retire, he is going to do everything in his power to get back on the court.

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When Nash has played, he has shown flashes of that passing and vision that has made him a probable Hall of Famer. Once the Lakers find their coach and fill out the rest of the roster, Nash can play a big role in getting this team back to the playoffs.

(H/T Kobe Bryant – Our Legend)
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  • NYLakersJ

    Lakers will not cut Nash. Nash will be comeback player of year, 6th man of year (note: Lakers trade #7 to Clev. for KI…Clev drafts Smart to team with Wiggins)…

    • truth24

      You smokin some strong shit up North.

      • Chrmngblly

        Right. How can the rest of us get some?

  • ra

    Nash has one of the highest basketball IQ’s ever. He plays smart basketball, and has great court vision (it also comes from his background in Soccer). At his peak, it was actually fun to watch the Suns play. There were some plays they made that were just unbelievable.

    It’s too bad we didn’t get to see any of that here in LA. His ‘few games’ were getting comfortable with playing after being injured – not his ‘peak’ capability.

    Message to Steve: Load up on vitamin B12 – take unlimited quantities, it coats the nerves. Also, high concentrations of Vitamin C have helped reduce nerve shock from shingles – (I know he doesn’t have shingle). But it can help here. Buy truckloads of ‘natural forms’ of Vitamin C, and take as much as you can. It can’t hurt, and you have the $$ to pay for this.

  • TheTruthKills

    I think Kobe meant he liked the way Nash use to play the game. He was great at his peak, but now he’s a complete liability outside of his passing ability which is still great.

    • hookedonnews

      Nash plays the game the same now as he did when he was winning MVPs. I don’t know where you get the idea that he’s a complete liability. If he’s healthy he’s still a great player. Kobe was talking about his ability to make his teammates better. That hasn’t changed.

  • Lakers4Life

    Nash is great, but his defensive liabilities is just not worth having him start on the team. At this point he would be best coming off the bench to provide some stability while the starters are resting and providing coaching and development to the younger players.

    • Thomas Klein

      In the modern NBA, with no hand checking allowed, no guard can stop a opposing teams point guard with skills, you aren’t going to stop a Chris Paul, Russel Westbrook, Derrick Rose, etc. no matter how good you are defensively. All you can do is send them in the direction of help, while you give up something on defense with Nash, you gain a passing guard that can easily break down the other team.

  • Kliffrichard

    my top 10 consider contenders next head coach LA Lakers
    1.Quin Snyder atlanta hawks
    2.Dave Fizdale Heat
    3.Pete Myers Warriors
    4.Chad Iske 76ers
    5 john welch nets
    6 Chip Engelland Spurs
    7 Rex Kalamian okc thunder
    8 Tyronn Lue clippers
    9 Kelvin Sampson houston rockets
    10 andy greer bulls
    11 fred hoiberg Iowa State
    12 Tom Izzo Michigan State

    • Chrmngblly

      All of these guys are long shots.

    • gmoney

      …so this is what a crack overdose looks lik…interesting

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