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Steve Nash to have pseudo soccer tryout with Inter Milan

Jul 26, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT

Steve Nash AP

If you know anything about Steve Nash, it’s that he is a soccer fanatic. He hosts a summer soccer series that draws big names from basketball and the European football worlds, plus he is the co-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS.

And now he gets his dream:

To try out for Italian soccer power Inter Milan.

The team is in the states and Nash will “try out” with them July 30, he told the AP.

“It’s a dream come true to get a chance to try out, not just to try out but to take the field with Inter Milan, one of the great, storied franchises in professional sports,” Nash said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I feel like a little kid.”

Tournament officials said the tryout will take place in New Jersey, two days before Inter Milan opens its portion of the (Guinness International Champions Cup tournament) in Indianapolis against Chelsea. And Nash expects to be feeling a fairly ramped-up level of nervousness when he laces up his cleats for that training session.

“It’s going to be a lot higher than it is playing basketball, for sure,” Nash said. “I still get nervous for basketball games from time to time. When I get out on the court, I don’t get nervous, but before. To go out there with guys that I look up to and watch play, it’s definitely going to raise the nerves. I’ll be really nervous and really excited.”

I feel safe in saying that Nash will not make Inter Milan and will be back with the Lakers next year, trying to figure out how to cross the ball into Kobe Bryant in front of the net.

  1. nflcrimerankingscom - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Love this guy.

  2. dondada10 - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Talk about being good at two sports with entirely different sets of skills. It’s one thing when a basketball player makes a good wide receiver/tight end. Both call for an athlete to cut sharply while running and catch a moving ball with your hands.

    A lot of baseball players are good at golf and tennis. Makes sense. Hit one thing by swinging something else.

    Soccer and basketball? I guess both require “great feet”, but soccer really is a touch sport. Ever try to place a pass with your foot across 30 feet to a moving teammate? Or catching that pass with your foot in stride?

  3. biggestredmiami - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    39 years old, making 9 million dollars a year and coming off of a broken leg, I’m sure Lakers management is absolutely thrilled about him trying out for a team in one of the most leg injury-prone sports in the dirtiest league of them all.

  4. hildezero - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Inter Milan are one of the best teams in the World, but I agree with the writer that he’s not gonna make the team especially because he’s old.

  5. dezglobal - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Imagine if he makes the team and retires from the Lakers to play soccer loll

  6. antistratfordian - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Glad to see he’s focusing on the upcoming NBA season.

    • gmk17 - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      He plays soccer during the offseason every year you dimwit.

  7. abchome - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    What if he breaks his leg there? Can the Lakers void his contract?

  8. rodge1 - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Let’s see, play in Milan for a powerhouse club or play in LA for a rebuilding disaster with the worst teammate… Nash would probably play for free in Italy, anything so he doesn’t have to be a Laker this season.

  9. omniusprime - Jul 27, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Only a total fool would think that Ancient Trash Nash did anything but have a losing tryout with the Lakers last season. Way past time for the Lakers to amnesty this worthless piece of garbage and find a younger, quicker point guard. Trash Nash should go play soccer and stop torturing us Laker fans with his pathetic attempt to play basketball.

    Fire Trash Nash & Steve Flake!!!

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 27, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      We already used our amnesty on Metta, and even if we hadn’t, we can’t amnesty Nash anyway because he’s not eligible for the amnesty provision since his contract was signed after the lockout.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      What about partial fools?

  10. cranespy - Jul 27, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Further evidence that the US Media knows little about the world’s game……… players lace up “boots” not “cleats!”

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      I didn’t know that. It’s the media’s fault. Yeah, right.

  11. hildezero - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    ^ that’s funny. Lol

  12. felisberto - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    No worries the Lakers foot the bill in case of injury.After all the Lakers is the richest team in the NBA.

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    • jimeejohnson - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      Richer than Los Dodgers? Hard to believe.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        My bad! You were only talkin’ basketball teams.

  13. jimeejohnson - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Just hope he doesn’t make the mistake of ordering two pasta courses. In Italy, you order an appetizer, one pasta, one main dish, and definitely dessert. Ask Kobe: he’ll tell ya.

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