therealdeal wrote:Punk and I have been advocating that the return of Nash might mean more to the team mentally than it does physically or through production. Even if the physical return helps in a vast number of ways (it will), the psychological difference of having a mediator between Kobe and the rest of the team that wants to share the ball is going to be incredible.
Having a legitimate starting PG would do wonders for this team. Having a legitimate Hall of Fame PG will be something that no one really understands. Even if he only averages 5/5 (he won't), he'll be helping the team by moving the ball in the first unit more often, finding Dwight more on lobs and cuts, getting the ball out of Kobe's hand and finding him in spots to make him more efficient, his attitude will help make the game more fun again, he'll be able to space the floor better if by nothing else than reputation... etc etc etc.
He's going to help make this fun for Laker fans again. Guaranteed.
I think people need to remember that Kobe is a shooting guard, not a PG. When things go south he will revert to who he is, a scorer. After 17 years he is not going to become Magic Johnson, yet people still clamor for him to do just that. Couple that with a strong will that most players don't have and those players disappear and/or just want to give the ball to Kobe and run and hide. What I really think will change is that Nash will stay the course when things aren't going well and Kobe can still be Kobe. He has an equally strong will and that is what will help this team more than anything. Kobe always acknowledged that Fish was his Yin to his Yang and Nash will balance that out.