Brian Kamenetzky provides 10 Rapid Reactions concerning the Lakers, and the newly acquired Steve Nash. Including:
4. Acquiring Nash obviously raises the same ”How does Kobe work with an elite point guard?” questions prompted by last season’s vetoed Chris Paul trade. Devastating a shooter as Nash is, he’s someone who needs the ball in his hands a ton to be at his most effective. How exactly it’ll look on the floor is tough to say right now, but just as he does Paul, Kobe has incredible respect for Nash. I don’t anticipate problems with the two of them coexisting, beyond a normal adjustment period. Not only are the Lakers in better shape to help Kobe get his sixth title, his presence could easily add a couple more productive years to Kobe’s career, just because of all the work he won’t have to do generating offense. Conversely, the presence of Bryant and the bigs will take a lot of pressure off Nash, and increase the odds of him staying at this level through the three years. Between Bryant, Nash and Gasol, the Lakers have three of the highest basketball IQs the game has ever seen. If things click, the results should be beautiful.
7. This ends the Ramon Sessions era in Los Angeles, as a source told ESPN LA’s Ramona Shelburne the team is no longer pursuing the free-agent guard.