Lakers News: Steve Nash Child Support Payments To Increase; Kobe Bryant's Auction A Boon For Mom

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Lakers Kobe Bryant, left, and Steve Nash have each dealt with court battles during the offseason.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash can tell his 1.6 million Twitter followers anything he wants, as long as it has nothing to do with his ex-wife.

According to reports, an Arizona appellate court ruled that the 39-year-old Nash and Alejandra Amarilla Menrath could not use any social media sites to bad mouth each other. The Associated Press said the Court of Appeals also ruled that a judge consider Nash pay child support, and meet more than "basic needs."

Apparently, the order does not violate First Amendment rights since both parties agreed to “limit their speech” in their joint custody agreement.

The Daily Dot pointed out one especially rough tweet by Nash that was a not so veiled snipe at his ex-wife back in June: “My 2yr old son walks up to a stranger and says ‘hurry up with my damn croissant’. And I was going for humble. Child services?”

The couple divorced in 2011, and Nash has tried to stop his wife from moving to California where the laws could stipulate he pay child support.

In a story from USA Today in May, Nash reportedly said on the witness stand that he plans to keep Phoenix as his permanent residence, while Menrath was seeking permission to move the children to Southern California where she could petition for child support.

As part of their divorce settlement, Nash was not required to pay child support, but does pay for his children’s private education and health care insurance.

Nash was traded from the Phoenix Suns to the Lakers last summer. A move to New York or even Toronto was also considered, but Nash felt staying on the West coast would make it easier to see his son and twin daughters.

Over the course of 17 NBA seasons, Nash has made almost $128 million. He has two years and more than $19 million left on his contract with the Lakers.

In other Lakers news, Nash’s teammate Kobe Bryant was also involved in a legal battle earlier this year. In Bryant's case it was with his mother over the superstar’s memorabilia.

Bryant and his mother Pamela came to an agreement that she could auction 10 percent of the memorabilia gathered over the course of his high school and professional career.

According to TMZ, Pamela pulled down $450,000 during an auction last week. Among the items sold: Bryant’s 2000 NBA Championship for $165,000; a 2000 All-Star ring for $52,854; a used high school uniform for $48,000; and a used Lakers jersey for $7,938.

The mother and son reportedly disputed as to whether Bryant had given the items to his mother, and if she had the right to auction them off. However, the source of the argument reportedly boils down to Bryant refusing to buy his parents a more expensive house in Las Vegas.

Pamela can now parlay her huge haul from the memorabilia for a bigger home.

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