Rivals come together for one goal

Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are joining forces in an attempt to win an NBA title

Updated: July 5, 2012, 8:37 PM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

This is the week Kobe Bryant went from acknowledging his advancing age to accepting it. Yes, there is a difference. It's one thing to say and joke that you're old; it's another thing to let that fact dictate your actions. I can't imagine Bryant teaming up with Steve Nash as recently as, say, 2010. But that's what two more years and two early playoff exits will do. They create urgency, which creates unlikely alliances.

So now Kobe is down to playing with Nash. The same Steve Nash ...

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