Los Angeles Lakers: Why Title Hopes Still Rest on Kobe Bryant's Shoulders

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Los Angeles Lakers: Why Title Hopes Still Rest on Kobe Bryant's Shoulders
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Don't get it twisted: The fate of the Lakers lies on Kobe Bryant's shoulders.

With their recent acquisition of Steve Nash, few teams have been in the news more this offseason than the Los Angeles Lakers.

Nash figures to be a massive upgrade at point guard over last year's rotation of Ramon Sessions and Steve Blake. Teaming up with Kobe Bryant in the backcourt, and a couple All-Star caliber post players in Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, the Lakers hope the addition of Nash is enough to put them over the top in the Western Conference.

However, even after adding a two-time MVP at point guard, the Lakers' title hopes rest squarely on the shoulders of five-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant. Nash will give the Lakers a new look next season, but don't get it twisted—this is Kobe's team and the team will go as far as he takes them.

Let's take a look at three reasons the Lakers' title hopes rest on Kobe's shoulders.

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