After the Lakers have followed Kobe Bryant's leadership for close to two decades, the Lakers will now be led by two-time MVP Steve Nash for the foreseeable future.
And for good reason.
Transitions such as this one have happened in the past; David Robinson turning over the San Antonio Spurs to Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce allowing the Boston Celtics to become Kevin Garnett's team and most recently Dwyane Wade stepping aside to let LeBron James lead the Miami Heat.
All of these transitions resulted in a championship within two season for each respective franchise.
Nash, similar to what Bryant has done with the Lakers, has both led rosters littered with talent (Dallas Mavericks) and teams lacking star power (Phoenix Suns) into the playoffs. With both Kobe and Nash sharing the Lakers backcourt, someone will have to relinquish a little bit of responsibility. And for the Lakers to reach their ultimate goal, it may just have to be Bryant.
In the following slides, we will examine five key reasons why the Lakers may need to become Steve Nash's team this season for them to maximize the substantial talent on their roster.