Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 12/24/12
EL SEGUNDO, CA - When the story is written on the Lakers 2012-2013 season, the final chapter will likely be titled BSN-ASN as in Before Steve Nash-After Steve Nash. Prior to the point guards successful return Saturday night against Golden State, the Lakers were spinning out of control, seemingly unable to put together minutes of consistency, let alone entire games. Their record was 12-14 and a team with one of the most talented rosters in Lakers history was being smothered by its own ineptness. Then Nash showed up against the Warriors and the Lakers were able to negotiate through the usual self-imposed obstacles and comeback for one of their few impressive wins so far, 118-115 in overtime. Playing for the first time in nearly two months, Nash went 41 minutes, scoring 12 points and handing out nine assists. Most importantly, his calm under pressure allowed the Lakers to overcome an 88-74 lead early in the fourth quarter. Kobe Bryant said after Mondays practice that it was what he expected from Nash, and what Laker fans will continue to see as long as Gatsby stays healthy. Hes a great organizer, a great passer and a great shooter, Bryant said of Nash, who came out of the game with no setbacks and will start against the Knicks at Staples Center on Tuesday. He does everything well, and obviously its a big boost. As great as Nash can be on the floor and acting like the basketball maestro that he is, hell be equally valuable as a leader whos not hesitant to challenge his teammates. We need to put ourselves back in contention right now, Nash said of his 13-14 team as they readied to take on the 20-7 New Yorkers. We should be a desperate team right now. I think we know what position were in right nowwe cant go out and drop any games. We have to go for every single win, instead of trying to adjust and figure out what were doing. Were just trying to build a team and trying to build some spirit. We know we have a chance to win and we have to go out and earn it every night. We had a lot of time this year when weve been in transition. Its caught us thinking (too much) or maybe not believingparalysis by analysis. So, we have to get out there, put some juice in our legs, go out and have some fun and win some games. The next chance for redemption comes on Christmas Day when the Lakers host one of the NBAs biggest surprises of the season. Led by Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks have been brilliant for most of the season, and Melo is finally being looked upon as a team player, not just a guy who wants to score 35 points every game. Nothing, Bryant answered when asked whats different about Anthony this season. Its just how people are interpreting how hes playing. The coaching staff and the other players encourage him to do what he does best, and theyre just following suit behind him. The same way the Lakers follow Nash.
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