A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum – the Lakers signed Steve Nash. Like many, I was idly sifting through twitter when the first rumblings began. Disbelief turned to giddiness and my 4th of July evening was lost to the internet. It’s been a while since I’ve seen such a dramatic spike in articles posted. Darius turned up the magnification on a deal that is most certainly value added. There’s a lot of other great reads on the subject, the list below is only a small sampling:
Brian Kamenetzky at the Land O’Lakers gives us a rundown on other guards that Kobe has been paired with, over the years.
Brian also participated in a 5-on-5 with Ramona Shelburne, J.A. Adande, Zach Harper, and Brian Windhorst.
C.A. Clark at Silver Screen and Roll says the Lakers have gone supernova.
Sekou Smith at NBA.com reports that Pau Gasol wants in on the Nash party.
Kevin Ding at the OC Register writes about the commonality between Nash and Kobe.
Mark Heisler contributes a piece for Hoopshype, about the grandson of Showtime.
Kurt Helin at ProBasketballTalk writes about Pau Gasol staying put.
Bill Plaschke at the L.A. Times says getting Nash is a steal.
Mark Medina at the Times offers five things to look at with the Nash trade.
Mike Bresnahan at the Times breaks down the deal, and the reasons for Nash’s decision.
Rey-Rey at The No-Look Pass considers how Nash will fit with his new team.
Gabriel Lee at Lakers Nation offers an iPhone upgrade analogy.
Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie looks at the cracks in the Nash schematic.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo looks at the next possible step with the Dwight Howard question still looming.
Steve McPherson at Hardwood Paroxysm writes about Kobe and the burden of surrendering control.
There comes a point at which the list of links has to end. I’ve been reading and thinking about Steve Nash for the better part of a night and a day. And when I’m not reading words on a page, I’m imagining beautiful basketball patterns on the court. I always wondered how a supremely creative and intuitive player like Nash would have functioned in the triangle as opposed to his natural pick and roll instincts. We’ll never have the answer to that, but we will get to see two of the all-time greats in an extended swan song jam.
- Dave Murphy