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“I can understand why the Lakers may be recruiting (Howard), but all I know is to get an opportunity to play with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, it would be a pleasure,” Nash told the radio station. “Frankly, that’s a lot for me to think of right there.”

And one of the Lakers‘ biggest rivalries is even more interesting, too. Nash is among the biggest reasons that the Suns have a special place of enmity in the heart of Bryant, who has often said he can’t stand the Phoenix franchise.

Phoenix knocked Los Angeles out of the first round of the postseason in 2006 and again in 2007, two series that are still Bryant’s only first-round playoff defeats. Kobe’s Lakers got revenge two years ago, finishing off the Suns on the way to their latest title.

“Perhaps we can make each other better,” Nash said. “That combination will hopefully make it a little easier for Kobe as well. A lot of work to do, and right now we can only speculate and envision.”