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Steve Nash reportedly received guarantee he would get to play with Pau Gasol

We all know Steve Nash agreed to join the Lakers via a sign-and-trade deal last summer to give himself a shot at capturing his first NBA title. What may come as somewhat of a surprise is how badly he supposedly wanted to play with Pau Gasol. While I’m sure the prospect of playing alongside future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant was exciting, Nash was reportedly given a guarantee Gasol would not be traded.

“Ignore any and all trade talk about Pau Gasol because the Lakers landed Steve Nash by promising him he would get to play with Gasol,” a source reportedly told Comcast’s Ric Bucher. “Nash made it a prerequisite for passing on offers from Toronto and the Knicks that Pau would be around.

“Conceivably, once Nash gets back and actually plays with Gasol, the Lakers could continue to struggle and Nash re-thinks his position. But as of right now, one of the enticements that brought Nash to LA was the big Spaniard and the organization would have much bigger problems than they already have if they backtracked on their promise to keep Gasol in the fold.”

This type of handshake agreement is not unheard of. When Chris Paul agreed to go to the Los Angeles Clippers, he was reportedly given a guarantee that the team would retain restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan, and they held up their end of the deal.

While it would certainly be in the best interest of the Lakers to keep their 38-year-old point guard happy if they want to stop pooping their big boy pants, I doubt they would turn down an enticing offer for Gasol simply to keep their word — especially if the team continues to struggle. Doing what is best in the long-term interest of the team is always the priority.

Steve Nash reportedly wrapped up in strange custody battle with ex-wife

There are several reasons Steve Nash was pleased to go to the Los Angeles Lakers in a sign-and-trade deal this past offseason, the most obvious of which is a chance to win his first NBA championship. In addition to the benefits that come with joining a talented roster, Nash also said he was looking forward to being closer to his three children. Then how do you explain this?

According to TMZ, Nash is “waging a legal war” in an attempt to prevent his ex-wife, Alejandra, from moving the former couple’s three children from Arizona to L.A. It is believed that a gag order is in place that prevents anyone from talking about the case, but TMZ also noted that Nash would have to pay significantly more in child support if his children live in California than he would with them living in Arizona.

“I can’t comment on the information you attribute to sources connected with TMZ,” well-known divorce lawyer Lance Spiegel, who was recently hired by Alejandra, said. “I confirm that I have been retained by Alejandra, that I cannot comment because of the reasons described and that Alejandra is not available for comment.”

Clearly, something doesn’t add up. It wouldn’t be fair to speculate about the reasons why Nash is reportedly trying to stop his children from being closer to him, so we’ll just have to wait and see if more details emerge. The one piece of advice we can give the Lakers point guard: Don’t show up to court dressed like this if you plan on getting your way.

Kobe Bryant nicknames Steve Nash ‘Gatsby’

Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash have only played two NBA games together with the Los Angeles Lakers, but Kobe is already on a nickname basis with his new 38-year-old teammate. We may not understand the origin of the nickname, but Kobe — or someone else– has given it to Nash nonetheless.

According to the L.A. Times, Kobe talked about how he has basically been running the point for the Lakers with Nash still battling a leg injury. That’s why he’s looking forward to Gatsby’s return. Yes, Gatsby.

“I’m not working too hard, to be honest with you,” Bryant explained. “The shots that I made were all jumpers. It doesn’t take much energy to knock those jumpers down,” he said. “Bringing the ball up and having me kind of initiate the offense and score and stuff like that, it’s making me work a little more than I will when Gatsby gets back.

“When Gatsby gets back, I don’t have to do that. The game’s going to become even more easy for me.”

Why? We don’t know. I suppose Nash looks somewhat similar to the actor (Robert Redford, pictured above) who played Jay Gatsby in the 1974 film “The Great Gatsby.” Nash’s new haircut is also very similar to the one Redford had in the film. Leonardo DiCaprio is playing Gatsby in the 2013 edition of the film, but I’m not seeing that resemblance. In any event, I like it and I’m probably going to use it.

Chest bump to J.E. Skeets via Pro Basketball Talk

Steve Nash wears pink sweater, bow tie, and manbag to first Lakers game (Picture)

Steve Nash showed up for his first game as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers wearing the outfit you see above. Pink sweater, navy blue bow tie with pink spots, and manbag in hand. That is just not a good look, Steve.

Now just in case you’re going to tell me it’s a Phoenix Suns thing … take one look at Kobe:

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Metta World Peace: Steve Nash needs his own Las Vegas show with strippers

Metta World Peace is already in awe of Steve Nash. When talking to reporters recently about his new teammate, World Peace spoke about how he has trouble figuring out what’s happening on the court with Nash running the offense because everything happens so quickly.

“Half of the time, I don’t get back on defense after we just scored,” Metta said according to the LA Times. “I’m wondering what just happened.”

While confused, World Peace said he is amazed with what Nash can do with the ball. He’s so impressed that he thinks Nash deserves to be his own show, and he described the type of show it should be in a way that only MWP could.

“Nash should do a Vegas magic show,” World Peace said. “They should put his picture on the Flamingo hotel with a picture of him posing spinning the ball with his tongue out. There could be a bunch of strippers around him naked covering themselves with a hat.”

For those of you who have to hear the artist formerly known as Ron Artest actually saying these insane things, the video is available here. When asked for his response to MWP’s suggestion, Nash simply smiled and said he doesn’t know where he comes up with these things. He also said World Peace should have his own show. How about they both get a show together?

Chest bump to Pro Basketball Talk

Metta World Peace: Steve Nash probably is smartest Laker because he’s white

Metta World Peace is an aspiring comedian, so he was probably joking when he made a crack about Steve Nash being the smartest Laker.

According to LA Times Lakers blogger Mark Medina, World Peace was asked if Steve Nash is the smartest Lakers. He had a classic response.

“He’s white, so probably yes.”

There’s a reason he’s called the “Lakers idiot.” Nobody will complain about the joke because World Peace was paying whites a compliment with the stereotypical response, but that’s pretty inappropriate.

Let me just flip the script on you for a second: What would the reaction be if someone said Metta World Peace is the dumbest Laker because he’s black? It’s never a good idea to make generalizations about any group of people.

Chest bump to Black Sports Online

Grant Hill on Steve Nash joining Lakers: It’s like going from Carolina to Duke

Grant Hill left Phoenix for Los Angeles like his former Suns teammate Steve Nash, but they chose different teams. Hill signed with the Clippers while Nash was traded to the Lakers. When asked about Nash going from the Suns to a team he hated, Hill put it in college rivalry terms.

“That’s like transferring from Duke and going to Carolina,” Hill told Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki during an interview on KGME-AM Monday.

Hill of course went to Duke and won two national championships there, so he never would have considered transferring to the Blue Devils’ biggest rival. And unlike Nash who asked to go to the Lakers, Hill chose the Clippers. The story of how he ended up with them is pretty interesting.

Hill indicated that he really only met with the Clippers as a favor to Vinny Del Negro.

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