Does Steve Nash make the L.A. Lakers NBA title favorites?

Shockwaves are roaring through the NBA over the news that the two-time MVP is headed to Hollywood to team up with one-time rival Kobe Bryant

Two-time MVP Steve Nash is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he'll join five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant to form one of the league's most dangerous backcourt duos.
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The Los Angeles Lakers are back. The NBA's most glamorous team scored a huge coup this week, trading four future draft picks to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for 38-year-old point guard Steve Nash. The addition of the two-time NBA MVP gives L.A. a huge upgrade at its weakest position, and stacks the Lakers with a fearsome quartet of all-stars: Nash, 7-footers Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, and future hall-of-famer Kobe Bryant. Nash will sign a three-year contract worth $27 million, and says he chose Los Angeles so he can play for a title contender and "stay near my children and family." The sharp-shooting point guard, even at his advanced age, remains one of the league's best passers and most exciting players. Are the Lakers now poised to topple LeBron James and the mighty Miami Heat?

The Lakers are clear favorites to win it all: Nash will end his career in Los Angeles the same way that John Elway ended his football career with the Denver Broncos, says Jesse Reed at the Bleacher Report — "with a long-desired championship." Heck, flanked by Kobe and two skilled big men, Nash could nab several titles. He'll take the pressure off Bryant, and effortlessly distribute the ball amongst the Lakers' many talents. The savvy vet will also bring the "stability and leadership" that last year's Lakers squad lacked, and "guide them to the promised land to win an NBA title at least once before he's done."

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