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LA Lakers become title contenders again.

In a sudden move, Steve Nash has agreed to play with the Los Angeles Lakers. In a sign-and-trade deal with Phoenix, he has been traded for 4 future draft picks in a deal worth $27 million over the next 3 years. Nash has been after a Championship ring for the last 16 years, the Lakers give him a chance for that. They also allow Nash to remain close to his family in Phoenix. I, along with every other Laker fan, am very excited to see these two play on the same team. I just hope that Steve Nash has forgotten this.

There are 2 main reasons why his signing is incredible news for the Los Angeles Lakers:

1) The Lakers now have a great point guard.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Derek Fisher but he was a terrible player for LAL. He couldn’t shoot floaters, make plays for other players or run that quickly. He had a decent 3 point shot and was very clutch. Along with being a decent defender, that was all he really had in his arsenal. Steve Blake is very similar to Fisher – just a worse version. Ramon Sessions looked like he would provide the spark necessary to turn LAL back into a Championship contending side. This view quickly went down the drain after people realised he had a lot of trouble in shooting the ball. He could drive the rim fairly effectively, but his game was ultimately limited by 1 or 2 plays, just like Fisher and Blake. 
Steve Nash may be 38, but he is a future Hall of Fame player. He finished last season with an average of 12.8 points pg and 10.4 assists pg. Nash was responsible for 35-40 of his team’s points alone last year – when he was 37. He has the most assists out of every player in the league over the last 3 years. When you put him into a team with Kobe, Gasol and Bynum, you can see these numbers going up slightly. His killer 3 will help on Bynum double team’s, his floater is lethal and he can drive into the paint and find an open man almost as easily as Rondo. I haven’t even mentioned his pick and rolls….
LA Lakers have been after a decent point guard for years, now that they finally have one, their chances of winning an NBA Championship again have risen considerably.

2) Dwight Howard now has much more incentive to join LA Lakers.

Andrew Bynum and Dwight Howard - Orlando Magic v Los Angeles LakersDwight Howard wants to win titles. Dwight Howard wants to sign with a team that gives him the best chance to win. Orlando Magic also are very interested in Andrew Bynum as a replacement now they know Howard wants to trade. Orlando Magic are also interested in Ron Ar, I mean Metta World Peace. Howard could join Nash, Kobe and Gasol in Los Angeles- an awesome city. Orlando Magic would get the 2nd best centre in the league as his replacement along with an ape. Howard would get a great opportunity to win titles. It all seems to fit so perfectly doesn’t it? The problem, Deron Williams and New York City are also calling for Howard. A deal with LA still seems more beneficial to all parties, but maybe that’s just a fan speaking optimistically.

Kobe Bryant called Nash before the trade to persuade him to make the move. Encouraging Nash that he was a great fit for the Lakers and that he was very excited to play with Nash. Just like when Magic Johnson ran LAL, Kobe Bryant seems to be doing it now. One last thing Kobe- get a few more bench players will ya?

Steve Nash has, and always will be, my favourite player. When the news filtered through to me last night that he would be wearing purple and gold….well let’s just say my friends and family stopped watching the July 4th fireworks and started watching me proceed into insanity.

“ARE YOU SERIOUS OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH YES STEVE ARE YOU SER..” The delirium went on for a good 20 minutes.

NBA Big men move fastest.

With the season over, basketball fans everywhere can now only concentrate on one thing. Trades. Who do we need? Who do we want to get rid off? Who needs resigning? The last week has been filled with news mainly from the movements of 7 footers.

    Anthony Davis was the number 1 pick in the draft and he will begin next season with the New Orleans Hornets. After they lost Chris Paul, Anthony Davis may be the key to putting a smile on New Orleans fans faces. I also met Emeka Okafor’s wife a few months ago. I’m sure he is excited to have Anthony play alongside him. This is pointless information but I thought it was cool. We watched a Lakers game together in the airport. Groovy.

Blake Griffin has made public that he intends to sign a 5 year extension deal with the Clippers. It also looks like Lamar Odom will be joining him in LA again. Odom had a horrid time in Dallas. I’m sure his move is 50% Chloe Kardashian wanting to move out of Dallas though… Interestingly, Chris Paul has declined a 3 year extension offer on his current contract with the Clippers. Could Paul be on the move?

   Kevin Garnett has resigned with the Boston Celtics for a further 3 years in a deal worth $34 million. This is huge news for Rajon Rondo. Not only do the two get to keep playing together, but the chances of the Celtics Big Three staying together are now much more likely. There were heavy rumours that Ray Allen was on his way to Miami Heat as he was in search for one more championship before retirement. We know that Paul Pierce will never leave the Celtics. Maybe they can all try one last time? I know we’d all love to see it (and then see Rondo head to the Lakers…)

Pau Gasol 
is looking like cannon fodder for the Lakers as they try to shuffle their playing cards. Their salary cap is pretty much at a full now, however Gasol could bring in an established player or give them more money to offer to unsigned free agents like Jason Kidd, Deron Williams and Steve Nash. I can’t see it happening as Mitch Kupchak is eager to resign Ramon Sessions who has also stated he looks forward to a long career with the Lakers…..I hope you’re practicing that 3 right now Ramon.

   Finally, Dwight Howard has provided the most entertainment in the trade market over the last few days. He decided to sign a 1 year extension on his current contract before suddenly requesting a trade to the newly placed Brooklyn Nets (New Jersey Nets). He is property of Orlando for the next 12 months but since he now has back problems it may not be worth keeping him to then lose him for no money/players. It would be more sensible to trade Howard now whilst you can still get something worthwhile in return. This could then see Deron Williams stay with the Brooklyn Nets in what would be a newly formed and fearsome team in the Eastern Division. Furthermore, Jason Kidd is best friends with Deron and is hoping to play with him next season, maybe as a number 2 point guard for the Brooklyn Nets? Sounds juicy doesn’t it?

Either way, I’ll just be happy that there will be a new team capable of stopping Lebron and Miami. 

P.s- Steve Nash, Toronto ain’t got soccer like LA! Come live near your best friends David Beckham and Landan Donovan, Kobe will love your constant passing to him.