Steve Nash chose the Los Angeles Lakers because they're close to his children and to NBA title contention.
The two-time MVP point guard went on ESPN radio Thursday to discuss his decision to join his longtime rivals with the Lakers, who will complete a sign-and-trade deal for the Phoenix Suns star next week.
The 38-year-old Canadian says he spoke to Kobe Bryant by phone Monday to confirm the Lakers star wants to work together. Bryant told Nash they would be a perfect fit in the Lakers' backcourt.
The rest of the Lakers are eager to play with Nash as well. Pau Gasol praised the trade in a video chat on Twitter on Thursday, even though the four-time All-Star realizes Los Angeles might not be done making moves.