Steve Nash Acquisition Nice But Not Enough For Lakers

For the record I like the acquisition of Steve Nash but don’t like the value the Lakers placed on the aging but active point guard. While Laker fans will largely disagree with my take on the Nash trade one thing that cannot be argued is that this move alone will put the Lake Show back on the big stage that is the NBA Finals.

There is still much work to be done on this roster before we can start thinking of a parade. The Lakers weren’t a Nash away from a title. Nor were they a Dwight Howard away from contending. But get both men in purple and gold and you’ve got yourself reason to start dancing like Mark Madsen.

Feb. 19, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash (13) puts up a shot against Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE.

Nash is still productive but he’s no longer able to play big minutes and the Lakers still don’t have any depth behind him. That’s bad news for a team that features a head coach who couldn’t decide on a consistent rotation. It’s even worse news if we’re still stuck with Steve Blake being the backup plan. At this point the value of Ramon Sessions as a sixth man has never been higher. Too bad his ship has now officially sailed.

Mike Brown isn’t known at all for his ability to coach and scheme for the offense. His plan in Cleveland was to give the rock to LeBron and get out of the way. That was pretty much the same approach with Kobe. Now with Nash running the show you get the feeling Brown will again defer to the player that handles the rock most often. Relying on the players to call the shots isn’t going to cut it. Brown had better devise a plan of attack sooner than later.

There is still some talk of Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard. That move suddenly has much more appeal with the acquisition of Nash. Too bad the Lakers have no draft picks to offer Orlando in order to sweeten a potential trade. They’ll have to get a third or fourth party involved to make that happen if there is any life left in this tired rumor.

It’s also too bad that this move comes a dollar short and a day late. Nash might have plenty left in the tank but dude is 38. That tank is full but it shrinks in size by the month. Ball players reach a point in their careers when production starts a steep decline. Where Nash is in that process remains to be seen? Any analysis on what he’s done in the past is almost pointless. This is a what have you done for me lately business. As of now Nash has done nothing but elevate our hopes.

His presence gets this team closer to a title but the reality of going toe-to-toe with OKC, San Antonio or even Miami is still a dream. If the Lakers want to make sure this move doesn’t become a nightmare they’ll keep grinding to add more pieces. Nash alone is not enough.

Topics: Andrew Bynum, Dwight Howard, Mark Madsen, Mike Brown, Ramon Sessions, Steve Blake, Steve Nash

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  • carlosatUCLA

    We addressed one issue. We still need a bench and outside shooting. We’re far from done, but Nash did address the most prominent problem. Plus, I think Nash will make LA more attractive with the way he spreads the ball around.

  • Chris Shellcroft

     @carlosatUCLA I’m with you. This was a huge gain for the team as a whole. Nash does so many things that he’ll help improve the team in a lot of ways. What would be ideal is having Sessions come back as a sixth. Don’t think there is any way that happens but it would be a perfect fit. Getting an outside shooter is key. Kapono was never going to be the solution and Troy Murphy was a good idea that came a few years too late. This is why I’m down on the value placed on Nash in the trade. You can find quality role players late in the first round. Plus you get the added bonus of taking on a rookie contract that isn’t going to cost anything what vet would even if he’s giving you a discount.

  • CarlosSandoval

     @Chris Shellcroft You have to be very damn good at scouting prospects to find serviceable players at the end of the first round of NBA drafts because teams select based on talent as opposed to need. And, really, 26th selections don’t usually yield what we’ve needed, and you have to wait for them to develop. Considering Kobe’s 33 and most of our signings will be vets for the minimum, there’s no way we can wait for those guys to develop. 
     
     

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