Los Angeles Lakers Success Depends on Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash

The NBA is filled with a multitude of dynamic backcourts, most of which are terrific and productive in their own different ways.

The Brooklyn Nets’ pair of starting guards leave you with the impression that they should have the advantage on most nights against their opponents. The Golden State Warriors’ guard tandem is just plain scary to leave open because of their shooting ability.

And then there is the Los Angeles Lakers backcourt, which comes with Hall of Fame credentials because of their respective individual accomplishments.

Steve Nash won back-to-back league MVP trophies with the Phoenix Suns on the strength of Mike D’Antoni’s seven seconds or less offense. It took the league over by storm as opponents struggled to defend Nash and as his teammates while the Suns piled up victories, all during D’Antoni and Nash’s marriage out in Phoenix.

Kobe Bryant is the proud owner of five championship rings, two Finals MVP trophies and one league MVP award—given his incredible prowess as a scorer, occasional set up man and closer. As the pressure mounts, so does Bryant’s game as he looks to take over on both offense and defense.

It’s been well chronicled that Kobe often has a penchant for dominating the ball late in games, as he trusts himself more than he does his teammates to make big plays when the game is on the line. Hence, many wondered if Bryant could coexist with Kid Canada.

So far, that hasn’t proven to be problematic whatsoever and it’s evident why: trust.

Kobe Bryant respects Steve Nash’ credentials and it’s quite obvious during games. Indeed, the Black Mamba willingly defers ball-handling duties to his new point guard. Nash allows him to run the offense and even loves running pick-and-rolls with him to create mismatches, where Bryant ends up with a point guard defending him.


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