Once Steve Nash Returns, Will Kobe Defer?

11/26/12 in NBA   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The Los Angeles Lakers made a huge splash this offseason when they signed Dwight Howard - but he may not turn out to be the most impactful addition this season.  Steve Nash, currently nursing a small fracture in his leg is a two-time MVP who could perhaps go down as one of the most efficient point guards in history. 

Oct 7, 2012; Fresno, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash (10) walks past guard Kobe Bryant (24) during a break in the action against the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter at the Save Mart Center. The Warriors defeated the Lakers 110-83. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIREHis ability to create opportunities for his teammates is unparalleled as he will always maintain his dribble, even in tight situations because he is so adept with a basketball in his hands. With Mike D'Antoni now at the coaching helm, Nash should become the focal point of the offense with Kobe Bryant taking a back seat. 

Now I know what you're thinking. Kobe take a back seat? Are you insane? 

I could be insane. But hear me out. Kobe Bryant has never played alongside a playmaker like Nash, ever. Nick Van Exel manned the point in Kobe's early years, but soon after he played with Derek Fisher, Smush Parker, Steve Blake, Darius Morris, etc. 

Kobe has always been a ball-dominant off-guard who would create opportunities for himself first and foremost, and look for the open guy when he drew double or triple teams. Now that he has a point who is completely comfortable in the head coach's system, will he be able to defer to him on offense? Can he allow another player to be responsible for his nightly scoring? Can he trust his point guard to get the job done or will his natural instincts that have driven him for over 15 years take over and cause a backcourt rift.

This issue will become the Lakers question of the season. If Kobe can somehow transition into an off-the-ball scorer this season (upon Nash's return), the Lakers will have the opportunity to compete for a championship. If he continues to dominate the ball while leaving Nash as an off guard, this Lakers team will prove unsuccessful. Nash is most effective with the ball in his hands because he is unselfish and savvy. 

Will Kobe defer? Probably not. And that's why the Lakers will not advance further than the Conference Finals. 
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11/27/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

The think the bigger question is, will Steve Nash get on the court again this season and play like the Steve Nash we know? Do not discount the severity of this injury considering his age. This could hinder his play all season long.