Steve Nash — The Lakers Will NEVER Dump Kobe Bryant

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The L.A. Lakers and Kobe Bryant go together like peanut butter and bananas … and the Lakers wouldn”t dream of dumping him to save a few million bucks — so says Lakers guard Steve Nash.

There”s a lot of talk going “round that the Lakers might cut Kobe after he tore his Achilles last week … because it would save them a fortune in luxury taxes on his salary — roughly $80 million to be exact.

But Nash doesn”t believe a word of it … telling our sources, “Kobe is synonymous with the Lakers … He”s a strong person. He”ll come back stronger than ever.”

As for Nash”s injury … and whether he”ll be ready for the playoffs … you gotta watch the clip.