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Steve Nash

The Lakers Will NEVER

Dump Kobe Bryant

4/15/2013 5:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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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 TMZ, "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.

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