The title of an LATimes article released on July 6, 2012 is “Kobe Bryant: Lakers’ title chances ‘MUCH, MUCH BETTER‘ with Nash” (Web-site/URL: http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-kobe-bryant-steve-nash-championship-20120706,0,3745669.story?track=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=104530).
On Friday (July 6, 2012) “after Team USA’s first practice in a week-long training camp before the Olympics”, “He (i.e. NASH) gives us a MUCH, MUCH BETTER CHANCE. He gives us a GREAT chance” obviously. “It enables me to do WHAT I DO NATURALLY, which is FINISH plays … as opposed to having to PUT GUYS IN THE RIGHT SPOTS and FACILITATE THE OFFENSE and PLAY-MAKE for EVERYBODY and STILL score. I don’t have to do that anymore because that’s what Steve does best“. This means that Bryant’s ASSISTS numbers will go WAY down. “IT’S NOT REALLY WEIRD. We’ve had our MOMENTS, we’ve had our BATTLES. But at the core of it is two guys who came in the league the same year. There’s kind of A BOND that comes along with that.IT’S A LITTLE BIGGER THAN SOME OF THE RIVALRIES WE’VE HAD“. Again, we must PUT DIFFERENCES ASIDE.
“Bryant acknowledged that NASH, 38, initiated contact with him earlier this week via phone”. “He just wanted to know if it was something that would be OK with me. He knows how COMPETITIVE I am and obviously the history that I’ve had“.
So, will Bryant help NASH get that elusive CHAMPIONSHIP?