Kobe Bryant nearly prevented the Lakers' trade for Steve Nash

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Kobe Bryant has come in for some criticism this week after ESPN writer Henry Abbott wrote a feature piece on how the Black Mamba is one of the reasons why the Lakers are languishing in the lower depths of the NBA.

Titled 'Kobe, he is arguably the greatest player in the history of the Lakers' franchise. He is also destroying it from within,' Abbott takes full aim at the Lakers legend. And in the most explosive part of his piece, Abbott reveals that Kobe Bryant even tried his best to disrupt the Lakers from getting Steve Nash via a trade in 2012.

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Brutal criticism 

Back in those days, the Lakers actually cared about getting back to the NBA Finals, rather than admitting it would be a miracle if they made the playoffs. Back in 2012, Dwight Howard was brought on board, and Lakers' personnel then decided to target Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns to complete a double swoop that they thought would help the Lakers back to the promised land.

As we know that didn't happen, but back then, Nash was still seen as a key veteran point guard that would help the Lakers restore their greatness. But according to ESPN's Abbott, Kobe did his best to almost mess up the opportunity for LA.

Almost destroyed the deal

"In the days before LA acquired Nash, sources say, the point guard wanted to hear from Bryant that the Lakers’ star was amenable to having Nash control the ball much of the time — a key tenet of the D’Antoni offense from the Suns days," Abbott explained. "When Lakers brass asked Bryant to call Nash, Bryant failed to do so, saying he preferred that Nash call him. The pettiness took days to resolve and nearly scuttled the deal."

Whether or not you believe that Kobe is responsible for the Lakers falling on hard times, it's hard not to agree that what Kobe did was outrageous. The man is one of the most arrogant players that basketball has ever seen. Yes, that arrogance has helped him become one of the best players in history, but maybe just maybe it has also helped the Lakers lose their greatness.

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