Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 7/5/12
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LOS ANGELES -- With a few well-timed phone calls from Kobe Bryant to Steve Nash and Mitch Kupchak to Phoenix Suns' owner Robert Sarver, the Los Angeles Lakers have once again joined the elite of the NBA. It's highly unusual for a player to be dealt to a team in his own division and nearly unheard of when he's a future Hall of Famer and you receive nothing but draft picks in return. However, because of Sarver's fondness for Nash, he accommodated the former Suns point guard by working a sign-and-trade so Nash could stay near his family in Phoenix. Nash solves nearly every one of the Lakers biggest problemsexcept for Andrew Bynum's challenges with maturity. The 16-year veteranwho's still chasing his first ringgives Mike Brown a legitimately great point guard who's able to make everyone around him into a better playerincluding Bryant. Nash will take the ball handling pressure off of Bryant, and he'll get Pau Gasol and Bynum easier shots in better spots on the court. He also gives th...
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