I still believe this is Kobe's team and will be until he retires, however Steve Nash is perhaps our most important piece. His on the court leadership and overall court vision is what is missing from this team. He can play a role that Fisher played for the team as the co-captain of the Lakers. This team needs someone who is more vocal in the huddles and is willing to pull guys aside and correct their mistakes, etc... and I saw Nash doing that last night and he's been doing that all year, even when he was hurt. He's willing to talk to guys and really breakdown the game. You can see that he is a natural leader.
As far as Kobe is concerned, Kobe's leadership style is different. He's very direct, almost to a fault and is a tough guy to play with. He's a lot like Jordan and Bird. They not only led by example but they put fear in you while leading and so you need a leader like Nash or Scottie Pippen or Dennis Johnson to balance out that form of leadership. You have to have thick skin to play on a Kobe led team or a Bird/Michael led team. If you are weak minded and or against constructive critcisim and against someone that is going to be in your grill when you make a mistake, then you are on the wrong team. All of the guys I mentioned rule with an iron fist........ Dwight Howard is having a tough time adjusting to this because he's not used to someone holding him to a higher standard.