Steve Nash: ‘It would be hard to put on a Lakers jersey’ (Web links)

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--Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash tells ESPN New York’s Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco that he’s keeping his options open regarding free agency. Nash also said, “For me, it would be hard to put on a Lakers jersey. That’s just the way it is. You play against them so many times in the playoffs, and I just use them as an example, and I have the utmost respect for them and their organization.”

--The Times’ Mike Bresnahan explains how the condensed NBA season could affect Team USA in the 2012 London Olympics.’s Chad Ford provides a mock draft for all 60 picks.


--Sheridan Hoops’ Mark Heisler muses how the NBA had a successful season despite the lockout.

--Sports Illustrated’s Britt Robson argues that the Lakers can’t afford to stick with the status quo.

--The Orange County Register’s Dan Woike ranks the top 50 free agents.

--Silver Screen and Roll’s Ben R analyzes how the Lakers can upgrade their wings.

--Forum Blue and Gold’s Darius Soriano explains how the Lakers can improve their team without making a major trade.’s Mike Trudell highlights Mitch Kupchak’s recent comments about Ramon Sessions.

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