Things haven’t worked out quite as well as everyone thought they would for the Lakers this season. After bringing in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the offseason, the team was slow to start the season, which ended up costing head coach Mike Brown his job. Nash meanwhile is out indefinitely with a non-displace leg fracture, which means Kobe Bryant has picked up the slack in Nash’s prolonged absence.
Something else Kobe has done is given Nash a new nickname, and it’s one that’s not only tremendous, it’s quite appropriate too, in an F. Scott Fitzgerald, roaring twenties kind of way.
From the L.A. Times…
“I’m not working too hard, to be honest with you. The shots that I made were all jumpers. It doesn’t take much energy to knock those jumpers down,” he said. “Bringing the ball up and having me kind of initiate the offense and score and stuff like that, it’s making me work a little more than I will when Gatsby gets back.
“When Gatsby gets back, I don’t have to do that. The game’s going to become even more easy for me.”
And there you have it. Steve Nash will forever be known as Gatsby, thanks to Kobe Bryant. Plus the nickname totally fits, especially when you look at recent pictures of Nash in all his dapperness…
Steve “Gatsby” Nash. Perfect.