Los Angeles Lakers Need Steve Nash's Good Vibes to Fix Kobe's Death Stare

Kelly ScalettaFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2012

November 9, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA;   Los Angeles Lakers players from left including center Dwight Howard , shooting guard Kobe Bryant , power forward Pau Gasol , small forward Metta World Peace and point guard Steve Blake on the bench in the fourth quarter of the game against the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center. Lakers won 101-77.Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Because of my extremely limited video editing skills, I can't fully demonstrate the impact of the "Kobe Death Stare" which sparked a wave of Internet articles and a firing. 

The video itself is the only way to truly appreciate the power of the death stare, though it doesn't have the right background music. There is the perfect fit though, I just don't know how to do it. 

I would combine this video:

With this video:

If combined, it would truly demonstrate the power of the "Kobe Death Stare' which has become so powerful it's already accepted as a proper noun. We could start a run of Kobe's Death Stare jokes. 

Kobe's Death Stare made Nate Silver forget how to add. 

Kobe's Death Stare made Tim Tebow go down on both knees. 

Kobe's Death Stare made Chuck Norris cry. 

Kobe's Death Stare got Mike Brown fired. Oh wait. That's not actually a joke. 

It recalls this conversation with Steve Nash after he was traded as reported by ESPN's Henry Abbot.

On TrueHoop TV, former Suns front office employee, Amin Elhassan, who "knows Nash well and carries a healthy fear of Bryant" reported that Nash had this to say about the pairing: 

..the perfect marriage of good cop, bad cop. Kobe's the guy who gets on guys—which some people would criticize and say Steve didn't do enough of in his career. And on the other hand you have Steve to kind of build guys up and build their confidence up, which obviously has been a criticism of Kobe...I think it's a perfect, perfect marriage.

You know how when you were a kid and your dad came home, you always double-checked to make sure you weren't doing something wrong, even if you weren't. That's probably the feeling the Lakers get when Bryant walks into the locker room. 

They probably dive to the floor if they sense the death stare might be coming. That ends jobs! 

Clearly, bad cop is doing his job. Now we need a little good cop. Not everyone responds well to bad cop. Dwight Howard is among them. He tends to manage avoid reality a good deal of the time. When Kobe Bryant expressed frustration, Howard managed to make it so that he wasn't a part of that frustration according Matt Moore of CBS Sports.  

I think sometimes as a team we got to be able to not really show our frustrations that much. A lot of the guys look at me and Kobe and they feed off us, so we have to do a better job of keeping our frustrations on the inside and just playing through it so our teammates won't get down on themselves. So, we just got to do a better job at that.

Enter Steve Nash, the good cop to gently nudge Howard and let him know, "He was kind of talking about you too. You're not really playing your best defense and your free throws are only going in when candy's on the line." 

The truth is, in all seriousness, the Lakers really do need both the "good cop" and the "bad cop" right now. They need "dad" to make them double-check and see if they're doing something wrong and they need "mom" to make them feel like if they are doing something wrong it's not the end of the world. 

After the death stare and the coach getting fired it would be a good time for Nash to bake a batch of proverbial cookies and help the Lakers to to take some of the edge off the fear factor.