Originally posted on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 8/21/12

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash received a three-year, $27 million deal after Phoenix agreed to sign-and-trade him.  He will join center Dwight Howard, guard Kobe Bryant, forward Pau Gasol and forward Metta World Peace as the Lakers starting five. 

Questions still remain for Nash, the Los Angeles Times breaks down five things he must do to have a successful season.  

1. Have a healthy back 

Just like Dwight Howard, Nash has had back problems in recent seasons but said at his press conference that his "back feels great."

2. Ensure the offense runs smoothly

Nash will be playing with three likely Hall of Famers that want to score - Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.  He will have to balance and control the offense with authority.  

3. Provide leadership

Nash has the credibility to lead, but with a laid-back personality he will compliment Kobe Bryant's locker-room presence.

4. Hit outside shots

The Lakers will need Nash to hit outside shots as he may find himself open often when the defense keys on Bryant, Howard and Gasol.

5. Play fewer minutes

Nash is 38-years-old, the Lakers will need to limit his minutes to keep him fresh for the playoffs.  


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