Salary problems aside, a starting lineup of Nash, Bryant, World Peace, Gasol and Bynum looks potent on paper. All five have playoff experience and have been All-Stars throughout their careers.
Yet when it comes to combining them on the court, it will take a major commitment to account for the drastic alteration in style of play.
It is safe to say that L.A. has not had a point guard of Nash's standard since Magic Johnson. Adding him will require an entirely new offense to accommodate the excellent ball-handling and distributing of which Nash is capable.
It will take a large adjustment for Bryant to make this work.
His heavy possessions aside, Kobe is one of the best all-around scorers in the league. One of his favorite and preferred methods of scoring is in the mid-range area. Whether he backs down defenders in the post or pulls out on drives, that is where he is most efficient.
Nash requires the ball to be effective. He weaves his way in and out of the defense, drawing players until he either scores or dishes to an open teammate.
However, he is most effective in pick-and-roll situations.
But only Gasol possesses enough mobility to pull this off, which forces Bynum to clear the paint and Bryant to hover on the perimeter.
The offense must run through Nash.
It is easier for Bryant to play from the perimeter and score, rather than controlling the ball and running sets while Nash waits beyond the three-point line.
Nash has not shown an ability to play off-the-ball, and he deservedly shouldn't. He is one of the top point guards in league history.
It is a scorer's job to adjust, and it must come from the leader of the team in Bryant. It will be challenging as he ages and his athletic abilities begin to fade, but if anyone can pull it off, the Black Mamba can.
It can certainly work and would be extremely difficult to control, but to make it work will require the utmost dedication and hard work.
This was a major issue for the Lakers last season and has not been addressed.