Raptors rookie Terrence Ross drives past Lakers guard Steve Nash during NBA action in Toronto on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)
TORONTO - The Los Angeles Lakers brought in Steve Nash thinking he would be the conductor of one of the great NBA symphonies of recent vintage.
It made sense. Nash is a two-time MVP. A facilitator with superb vision who doubles as one of the best shooters the game has ever seen.
He joined forces with a title-winning core of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace that was bolstered by the replacement of Andrew Bynum by Dwight Howard.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans …
Instead of beating Chicago’s all-time league best 72-10 record, which World Peace predicted before the season these Lakers could do, the club has stumbled to a 17-23 start, following Sunday’s 108-103 defeat to the not exactly Herculean Raptors.