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Kobe Bryant has nicknamed Steve Nash “Gatsby”

Nov 23, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash of Canada and Kobe Bryant react during their loss to the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Reuters

It was an innocuous comment in a Los Angeles Times article about Kobe Bryant’s efficient play this season, but J.E. Skeets noticed it and put it on twitter.

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.”

Gatsby would be Nash, sidelined until at least Monday because of a small fracture in his left leg.

Steve Nash = Gatsby.

I like it.

The question is why Gatsby for Steve Nash? Is it because of:

• Nash’s haircut?

• Nash’s rise from poverty to riches and fame through a life of crime, just like Jay Gatsby?

• That Nash, like Gatsby, represents a hollow version of the American Dream… even though he’s Canadian?

• Because he’s Canadian and Kobe just is confused about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work?

• Nash’s lavish, opulent, high-society parties?

• Nash’s all-encompassing focus to win Daisy back?

• My favorite: Because Nash’s offensive game of deception and control to achieve his ends mirrors Gatsby’s illusion of sophistication and persona of mystery to achieve a far more basic goal?

Nah, it’s probably just the haircut.

  1. money2long - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    is pau still white swan ?

  2. savvybynature - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Gatsby is a pretty cool nickname, but JE Skeets?!?! Now that is a helluva name. Is that even real?

  3. savvybynature - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Oh, and Kobe is definitely Meyer Wolfsheim. Or at least I’m sure he fancies himself such (assuming he’s actually read the book, and not just pulling a name that he thinks sounds cool out of his derriere).

  4. emerson12345 - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    worst photoshop ever.

    • paulwoodsby - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:02 AM

      No, it’s real. Nash did actually play a game or two this year. Ha.

      • dko83 - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        Did he also lose his right arm in a freak wood chipper accident or something? Superimposed.

  5. odojoe - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Perhaps Kobe is a bit more literate than the writer. “The Great Gatsby”

  6. BigBeachBall - Nov 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Quit acting like u didnt buy the cliff notes….

  7. lakerluver - Nov 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    I prefer “the Godfather”.

  8. dannymac17 - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Is this a Lakers blog?

  9. paulhargis53 - Nov 23, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    We all know what you prefer LL.
    It rhymes with Enos.

    You savage!!

    • badintent - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:33 AM

      LL is now dannymac17 !!
      Next time you in the NY LI hod , go to Oheka Castle, now open to the public and it will cost you $25 to see what the Great Gatsby lived in .Built at $11 million dollars in 1908-12 ( $150 million in todays money), it had it’s own 9 hole golf course, riding stables and was the second biggest house in the entire. county. You can drop $300 a night for the hotel/house This was before the income tax came along. Then we got stuck with Trump and Mar-a-Largo.

  10. 00maltliquor - Nov 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Me no like. Gatsby? C’mon Kobe, you could do better then that.

    Maybe he was reffering to our other Steve. He’s a swindler who took us for a four year contract disguised as a dead-eye shooter and capable backup.

    • genericcommenter - Nov 23, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      That guy who ranks on the all-time NBA 3pt% and assist% lists, shoots around 80% from the line, and averages 3 assists for every turnover?

  11. lakerluver - Nov 23, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Does anyone think Lil paulie is funny? Just wondering.

  12. lakerluver - Nov 23, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    I bet he’s a “riot” with the other greeters at Walmart. Or down at the Bingo Hall.
    #deadman walking

    • badintent - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:37 AM

      Is it true you got run over on Black Friday at Walmart trying to snag an ELMO doll ?
      wonder what the Greeter said then. ? ” shoulda got the Clipper hat instead.”

  13. paulhargis53 - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    Trying to rally the troops, huh squishmitten? Looking for help?

    Ugh, back to the Walmart joke, AGAIN?

    Good God, you’re really bad at posting.

    That’s ok, you suck at life too, why should online be any different?

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