Steve Nash Is Toast of Tinseltown on First Official Day as a Los Angeles Laker

William Van NollFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11:  NBA player Steve Nash of the Los Angeles Lakers (L) and Nascar racer Danica Patrick speak onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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It was a very busy day for the newest Los Angeles Laker, Steve Nash.

It started with his official introductory press conference alongside Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and ended with his presentation of the "Best Team" award at the 2012 ESPYs.

Unsurprisingly, Nash was cool as ever during his first experience under Tinseltown's bright lights.

After introducing himself to Laker Nation at the team's El Segundo practice facilities, Nash headed to his new home—Staples Center—to walk the red carpet of the 2012 ESPYs at Nokia Theater.

But before the fun began, it was all business for the two-time MVP.

With head coach Mike Brown and Lakers executive VP Jim Buss looking on, Nash said all the right things during his introductory press conference:

"If you look at the opportunity that we have with the players on this roster and the organization's commitment to winning, this is going to be a really exciting chapter of my career...I've always wanted to win, I've always competed the best I can to try to win...To be back in a position to win again is a phenomenal feeling, and I'm really proud to be a Laker today." (Emphasis added)

Nash followed his remarks by unveiling his Lakers jersey—No. 10—which had a certain spark, a certain golden hue that in two years has never looked brighter.

Then, with no time to waste, it was off to mingle with the stars on the red carpet. 

In his dapper suit-and-tie combo alongside girlfriend Brittany Richardson, Nash was the toast of the town.

Interviews and media frenzy abound. An ESPN on-air interview with Tim Tebow. Meet and greets with sports' biggest celebrities.  And his presentation of the night's last and most important award—"Best Team"—to the Miami Heat.

With 12 months time and a bit of good fortune, the 16-year veteran could actually be on the receiving end of this coveted award with his new Lakers team and a championship ring to match.

Already, Nash's impact in Los Angeles is reverberating across the ranks of the Lakers organization, with the team considering moving towards a Princeton-style motion offense. According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Los Angeles has reached out to former NBA head coach and purveyor of the Princeton offense, Eddie Jordan, to fill the assistant coaching position vacated last week by Quin Snyder.

But for now, Nash should relish a moment that is all his.

After painting the town red and making quite the splash, Nash put his first official day as the Lakers point guard into the books.

Truth be told, Laker fans everywhere couldn't be more thrilled.