The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired two-time MVP Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for first round draft picks in 2013 and 2015 as well as second round draft picks in 2013 and 2014, it was announced by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.
"For me, it was important to speak to (Kobe) to make sure he was completely on board and he could visualize this as being an effective fit," said Nash to Max Kellerman and Mychal Thompson on 710 ESPN radio last week. "Kobe was great. He was excited, and explained to me how he thought it would be great."
What makes Nash particularly dangerous not just in pick and rolls but in general? He happens to be one of the best shooters, in all aspects, in the history of the league. He's the only player to ever shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the foul line four times. A guy named Larry Bird managed to do it twice, and four others (Mark Price, Reggie Miller, Dirk Nowitzki, Jose Calderon) once apiece.
Besides, Nash is one of the best point guards and playmakers in the history of the NBA, with a career average of 8.6 apg. Last year, he averaged 10.7 apg and 12.5 ppg in 62 regular season games. It looks like the L.A. Lakers will be back as key contenders in the Western Conference.
Since his iconic #13 was retired by the Lakers (Wilt Chamberlain wore it) Nash will be sporting jersey No. 10. That's the number reserved for the best playmakers in soccer history.
Things just got NASHTY in LakersLand!