Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Lakers get Nash and renewed hope

The fireworks have already started well before any 4th of July fireworks show.

I said it when the Lakers acquired Sessions last season and I'll say it again, the Lakers have remedied their point guard issues!

Steve Nash is officially a Los Angeles Laker. He was apprehensive at first but thanks to his family reconsidering and a reported extra nudge by Kobe he is now part of the purple and gold. 

Here is Steve's statement:
For the last 8 seasons I've been blessed to play for a team and a city that has embraced me and that I have come to call home. This is a tough business and the only thing constant in life is change.

After talking with Robert and Lon we've agreed that it's time for both of us to move in new directions. I approached them and asked if they would be willing to do a sign and trade deal with L.A. because it is very important to me to stay near my children and family.

They were very apprehensive and didn't want to do it. Fortunately for me, they reconsidered. They saw that they were able to get assets for their team that will make them better, assets they would not have otherwise had and it made sense for them to do a deal that helps their team get better.

I couldn't be more grateful to the organization and Robert in particular. I know how hard this was for him and that fact that he was able to help me and my family in this way ... it means a lot and says a lot about his character. I will never forget this gesture. Above and beyond.

The Phoenix Suns are an amazing organization and fans should be excited about their future. I hope the Suns win a championship some day soon for all the amazing fans and wonderful people in the organization.
The deal is for three years in excess of $25 million, sources said, because the Suns ultimately agreed to sign-and-trade Nash to the Lakers, who can absorb him via the trade exception they created by dealing Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks in December.
The Suns will receive 2013 and 2015 first-round picks and 2013 and 2014 second-round picks from the Lakers, according to the Arizona Republic.
This news will most likely hurt Sessions the most as his role looks to be massively absorbed by Nash.

So what does the 16-year veteran bring to the table? His accolades speak for themselves.

2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2005, 2006)
8× NBA All-Star (2002–2003, 2005–2008, 2010, 2012)
3× All-NBA First Team (2005–2007)
2× All-NBA Second Team (2008, 2010)
2× All-NBA Third Team (2002–2003) 

Steve Nash in my opinion is the closest the Lakers will have ever gotten to fill in the void Magic left behind. Nash has superpower court vision and is the most unselfish player out there. He's fundamentally sound and he makes his teammates play at a higher level.

Kudo's to Kupchak and the Lakers organization for renewing all hope for Laker fans! This is the greatest news since obtaining Gasol.

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