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Yeah, yeah, I know, the NBA season hasn’t even started yet and I’m talking about champions. But what type of blogger would I be if I didn’t at some point get caught up in the hoopla surrounding the Dwight Howard trade? I mean, the acquisition of a great pg and a great center coupled with one of the greatest to ever play, automatically means championship, doesn’t it? Yeah….ummmm…no. There’s such a thing as team chemistry or lack there of that has beleaguered many talented squads. Then, there’s the idea that Steve Nash is a defensive liability. And lastly, there’s always the white elephant in the room, those faint fears that Dwight may no longer be superman, but rather Clark Kent. The last two points, while valid, aren’t major causes for concern. No, Steve isn’t a great a defender, but the majority of the guards in the league aren’t. And the chances of superman having lost all of his super powers are highly unlikely. Which brings me back to my initial point, team chemistry. My biggest fear is that Nash won’t be utilized in the most beneficial manner possible. Steve Nash has a knack for making everyone around him better. He controls the tempo of the game and is equally as efficient in the full-court and 1/4 set. He puts pressure on the defense with his dribble penetration, pushes temp to ignite the offense, makes the correct pass to the correct person at the correct time in the correct area, and oh yeah, he can shoot too. There’s only one small problem, he needs to have the ball in his hands the majority of the time to make these things happen. And let’s be honest, Kobe has dominated the ball since 1998, so why would he relinquish the reigns now? Not to mention, Señor Bryant has become quite comfortable with the mid post area. Not only does that eliminate the high low tandem between Pau and Dwight, but it also forces one of the league’s most dominant big men out of his most effective scoring position, and possibly puts the Lakers at a rebounding disadvantage. But hey, it’s not for me to figure out. That’s why they pay Mike Brown the big bucks. However, I believe that the success of the Lakers is predicated on Steve Nash being allowed to be Steve Nash.
Well, that’s my basketball 2 cents for the day…I’ll holla.