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Lakers look to Steve Nash for leadership

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09:36 AM ET 10.07 | The Lakers needed a player to take a shot. It wouldn't determine a win. But with their first practice already reaching four hours, the Lakers hardly wanted to stay in the gym any longer and perform running drills. The ticket to freedom: one player needed to make three free throws. Kobe Bryant relishes those pressure moments. But he immediately turned to Steve Nash. "I'll take that 92% free-throw shooting any day," said Bryant. Nash actually shoots 90.4% from the stripe, but the point was well taken. Nash went to the line, sank three shots and allowed his teammates to call it a day. The moment during the Lakers' first practice of training camp on Tuesday epitomized how the team views its new point guard. The Lakers value Nash beyond his fifth-place standing in NBA history in assists (9,916) and his mastery of the pick-and-roll. They also trust his shooting. So much that Bryant touted Nash as "one of the great shooters our game has ever seen." It also showed that a team full of superstars is looking for Nash to lead.

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Steve Nash, Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images Steve Nash, Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images
October 7, 2012  09:38 AM ET

You Look Great In Purple And Gold, Bro.

October 7, 2012  09:45 AM ET

It's Kobe's team.............


Don't believe me ?????




ASK HIM ...............

October 7, 2012  09:46 AM ET

To the NBA players out there that can't shoot free throws...there's a reason it's called the charity stripe...watch and learn (and maybe practice).

October 7, 2012  10:13 AM ET

Now that's coming through in the clutch.

October 7, 2012  10:15 AM ET

Really dull topics today so I'll just go ahead and say: GO IRISH!!! Beat the Trees!! (i.e., the Cardinal).

October 7, 2012  10:23 AM ET

The Lakers will spell a lotta trouble for teams around the league......get ready!

October 7, 2012  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

You Look Great In Purple And Gold, Bro.

Who doesn't?

October 7, 2012  10:31 AM ET

How many lakes are in LA?

October 7, 2012  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

How many lakes are in LA?

That's deep !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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October 7, 2012  10:50 AM ET
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does it even matter how good he looks... unless you have Time Warner cable you wont be seeing the Lakers on TV anyways.. even if we buy NBA league pass we still wont see games if you're a local la resident without TWC.. Lakers sold out their fans for the almighty $$ of time warner.... all satellite TV (Dish Net. and Direct TV) viewers will only be seeing games when broadcast on TNT or ESPN... or about 26 games this year.. Shame on you Lakers and the GREEDY Buss family

I heard negotiations are moving forward with satellite providers and the Lakers expect to be loved very soon.

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