Steve Nash

Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni and point guard Steve Nash have faced their fair share of criticism this season. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times / December 31, 2012)

Smush Parker was the Lakers' point guard the last time the Timberwolves beat them? I've got news for you. Smush would start for this year's edition too. And he'd look so good next to the rest of the turkeys they've got playing that Bill Plaschke would be touting him for the All-Star game.

Harry Turtledove

Chatsworth

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Getting Steve Nash for two firsts and two seconds while paying him $18 million is the worst signing in the history of the franchise. In actuality, Nash cost them three first-round picks because the Lakers did not sign Ramon Sessions, who cost them one.

Nash needs to do the right thing and either retire or accept a buyout. I don't blame him for accepting a trade to the Lakers and signing the contract, but Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss should accept full responsibility for the damage the signing has done. If the Lakers had their picks and had the money that Nash has cost them, this team would be set for the future. Instead, the trade has set them back at least three years, and maybe up to five.

Geno Apicella

Placentia

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Just a thought: Maybe Mike D'Antoni should sit out back-to-back games with Steve Nash.

Joseph Kereta

Temecula

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We can talk until we're blue in the face, but the hard truth is that the Lakers need to unload anyone and everyone, Kobe too, hit bottom, win the lotto, get a game-changing superstar and put an end to all this Clippers nonsense.

Marty Foster

Ventura

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A heavily favored horse named Kobe's Back came in a distant second on Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park. I hope this doesn't bode badly for the Lakers, but judging by their performance against the Timberwolves on Sunday, maybe it did.

Vaughn Hardenberg

Westwood