Lakers Steal Nash, Ruin My Holiday
When reports surfaced that the Knicks were willing to include Iman Shumpert in a sign-and-trade deal that would send Steve Nash to the Big Apple, I finally started to believe that acquiring the future Hall of Famer could become a reality. Sending Shumpert to Phoenix would allow for the Knicks to compete with other teams financially in the race for Nash.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Shumpert, but when one of the greatest point guards of all-time is dangling in front of me and a second-year raw talent with two knee injuries in one season is all it takes to snag that point guard, I'm saying ship Shumpert away without even thinking about it.
While Nash seemed to be dangling right in front of my face, he's now been stolen right before my eyes. As soon as rumors surfaced that the Knicks called Nash, I said I was 99% sure they would just get my hopes up only to disappoint me. Never bet against the 99%, folks. While the Knicks have a good team and could squeeze out some good money, Nash reportedly opted for LA so he could be closer to his kids in Phoenix. Location, location, location.
Seeing how Nash will fit on the Lakers will be interesting. Kobe Bryant has never really played with a point guard who dominates the ball like Nash does. Derek Fisher was the point guard for all five of Kobe's championship teams, and during those championship seasons Fisher's best in points was 11.5 and in assists was 4.4. That's bush league compared to Nash's numbers.
While a great point guard alongside Kobe will be new and different in LA, it will result in a huge improvement for the Lakers. Kobe can't be asked to just go to work and get the win for his team on a nightly basis anymore. Though he did average an impressive 27.9 points per game, he also shot his lowest field goal percentage since he was 19 years old (43%). Nash will take some of the pressure off Kobe, and he'll likely be able to find Kobe in his spots so he can shoot it more efficiently and not have to create all of his shots on his own.