jlkr wrote:Hopefully y'all will have noted Jason Kidd's effect on every team he's played for. An effect that on first glance seems outsized given Kidd's mostly modest stat lines. Kidd came to the Nets in exchange for Marbury and promptly led them to two consecutive Finals appearances and in the process forever destroyed Marbury's reputation. Then Kidd led Dallas to their one title. Now he's doing his magic on the Knicks. I don't think it's a coincidence the Knicks are a lot better this season even though Kidd doesn't start much anymore. There is something about the way Kidd imposes his leadership and will on the team through the way he plays on the court.
Nash is like that too. Nash essentially led a team of nobodies to the WCF against the Lakers a few years back. Without Nash, the Lakers are a team of spectacular individual parts without a glue holding them together. Using Kobe as a PG is essentially duct tape over the Lakers' offensive issues in Nash's absence. And both Nash and Kobe know this.
Good points, I hope you're right. Fisher played that role for us during our 3 finals run and 2 championships. The culture of the team changed immediately when Fisher was signed in 2007. I don't believe that to be a coincidence. We all remember what happened, Kobe demanded a trade, the whole team was in turmoil, but we ended up in the finals when pundits said we wouldn't even make the playoffs that year.
Hopefully Nash can have the same effect for this team. Like Fisher, Nash has Kobe's respect and will hopefully keep him in line. Also Nash's playmaking ability will make the game fun for everyone else.
In short he can't return soon enough.