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Let’s face it, as good as Kobe Bryant is, he tends to limit opportunities for his supporting cast.
More importantly, this may affect Nash at what he does best—handing out assists. According to ESPN, only one point guard has averaged more than 7 assists per game since Kobe Bryant joined the Lakers.
Steve Nash, on the other hand, has averaged 8.6 assist per game in his career and has not slowed down. Nash averaged 10.7 assists per game in the 2011-2012 season.
Something has to give. Either Kobe allows Nash to be the distributor on the court, or Nash’s superb passing skills become a thing of the past.
Bryant’s uncanny ability to take over a game is astonishing. But given the fact that he now has an elite point guard, he has to allow the game to come to him unless he wants an unproductive Nash by his side.