Steve Nash consulted Kobe Bryant before signing with Los Angeles Lakers
Steve Nash contacted Kobe Bryant before jumping on-board with the Los Angeles Lakers to get a perspective of the team’s current standing, their future objectives and if the 2-time MVP could adjust into the team.
“For me, it was important to speak to him and make sure he was completely on board, and that he could kind of visualize this as being a good fit, and being excited about it,” said Steve Nash. “So I spoke to him.”
Apparently Kobe Bryant was more than helpful. Not only did the five-time champion update Steve Nash on the Los Angeles Lakers current position, but he maintained an optimistic outlook for the 39-year-old’s adventure with the team.
“He (Kobe Bryant) was excited, and explained to me how he thought it would help, and why he thought it would be great, and I think a lot of the reasons he had were ones I could already envision before speaking to him,” said Steve Nash.
During the enlightening conversation, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant both arrived at the conclusion that the deal will benefit both the Los Angeles Lakers as well as the point guard.
Although Kobe Bryant is known for his firm ball-handling and dominating the backcourt, Steve Nash believes that a partnership may emerge that will give both a purpose on the court.
"Kobe is still one of the all-time great players in this game. I hope he does have the ball in his hands a lot," said Steve Nash. "But at the same time, I think it takes pressure off him as someone else can handle the ball, and get him the ball in spots.”
Steve Nash is willing to give Kobe Bryant a hand in breaking the rivals’ defenses and “maybe create offense for other guys so he's not stuck so often having to take on one or two defenders.”
Steve Nash envisions himself as a team player and is excited to play along his teammates, especially Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.
“As far as basketball goes, it would be thrilling for any point guard to get a chance to play with the two big men that the Lakers have,” observed Steve Nash. "Perhaps we can all make each other better because of our different skills. Maybe I can space the floor for those big guys.”
However, Steve Nash is hoping that the approach will work both ways.
“Maybe they'll create opportunities for me on pick and rolls because of their length and ability to finish at the rim, and that combination will hopefully make it a little easier for Kobe as well.”
The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Steve Nash through a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns. However, he won’t be able to officially join the team until the league lifts its moratorium on free agent signing due for 11 July.