We should have seen Kobe/Nash coming

Few viewed Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers as major threats in the Steve Nash running, but here we are.

And perhaps we should have seen it coming.

Sure, they've had their differences over the years. The Lakers and Nash's Phoenix Suns also met a couple of contentious times in the playoffs.

But if we track the visual evidence -- a small sample of evidence, but evidence nonetheless -- we can see two chummy members of the draft Class of 1996, perhaps plotting to one day appear in NBA jerseys alongside each other in more than just this photo.