A promising season was lost in the postseason when Kobe Bryant's greatest efforts were trumped by a lack of depth and balance in the Lakers' lineup. They couldn't defend their quicker opponents and lacked the necessary presence to facilitate their offense. As a result, Bryant was thrust into the role of lead facilitator.
One that he simply could not flourish in.
As the Summer of 2012 rolled around, we all expected the Los Angeles Lakers to make a big move to shake things up in their weakened lineup. What we did not expect, however, were the events of early July when Showtime returned to Los Angeles.
In a stunning turn of events, the Los Angeles Lakers completed a sign-and-trade to acquire former rival and two-time MVP Steve Nash. For the first time in Kobe Bryant's tenure with the Lakers, there is now an elite point guard in the backcourt alongside him.
The question is, how will he fare? More importantly, how will he affect the players around him? For the answer to those questions and a full breakdown of the starting lineup around him, click that beautiful orange button at the bottom of your screen and begin this slideshow.