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Kobe Bryant welcomes Steve Nash

Updated: July 9, 2012, 11:41 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LAS VEGAS -- Like the rest of the NBA, Kobe Bryant didn't see the Los Angeles Lakers' trade for Steve Nash coming. But when the idea was presented to him earlier this week as he held his camp in Santa Barbara, Calif., it didn't take long for him to warm to the idea.

Yes, Nash has been one of his fiercest rivals in the NBA.

And yes, Nash did beat him out for the MVP award in 2005-06 when Bryant posted the best individual statistics of his career.

But there's also a matter ...

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