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Source: Steve Nash Set to Try Out with Inter Milan Soccer Team

Steve Nash Foundation Showdown GameTwo-time NBA MVP Steve Nash of the Los Angeles Lakers will try out with Inter Milan soccer team in Italy according to AP via USA Today:

The Los Angeles Lakers point guard and two-time NBA MVP will have a tryout of sorts Tuesday with Inter Milan, just before the team opens play in the Guinness International Champions Cup tournament that’s coming to the USA starting next week. The tournament pits eight club teams from around the world, with a winner to be crowned in Miami on Aug. 7.

With Nash coming off an injury plagued season with the Lakers, it seems ill-advised that the 39-year-old point guard would attempt to play soccer internationally.

Although Nash is coming off a season filled with injury problems, the Canadian native has always had a soft spot for soccer. Before ultimately deciding to pursue a professional career in basketball, Nash played soccer as a child with a passion for the game.

Nash said the following about his pending tryout via USA Today:

“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.”

It remains to be seen whether or not Nash is truly serious about his upcoming tryout with one of the best teams in Italy. Nash’s chances of landing any sort of role with Inter Milan is remote to say the least, but anything can happen.


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  • vdogg

    i like nash and it’s cool that he has a tryout, but come on! you’re a laker. in light of missing all those games last season, your priority should be this upcoming BASKETBALL season — staying healthy and being as effective as possible. come to your senses, steve!!!!

  • hello

    Trust me, Nash has NO chance of making the Inter Milan team. I’m pretty sure he knows this but I guess he wants to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity. Pro soccer players usually retire around 33-35 yrs old unless of course they are still capable of playing at a very high level (which has happened in the past). Nash is 39 come on man! There is a chance that he could get injured during the tryout but that’s very unlikely because the tryout won’t be intense.

  • Jim213


    • hookedonnews

      What has Kobe got to do with this?

      • Jim213

        KB is rehabbing his Achilles in AC facilities and given that both teams are serious rivals for Inter to give Nash a tryout seems more like a cred/publicity move given his minimal ability as a world football player.

        • hookedonnews

          Of course this is a publicity move. Given Nash’s connection with soccer and his high profile, this will give them some good publicity while giving him an opportunity to be on the field with players he admires. I’m sure you don’t believe that Nash is hoping for a soccer career. I don’t think that there’s any reason to believe that this has anything to do with Kobe Bryant. That is a real stretch.

          • Jim213

            Of course it ain’t going to happen though it’d help to relieve the cap tax. Yes we know its publicity too, but it’s awkward that two RIVAL Italian teams make news with two profiled NBA stars. It’s high publicity for both teams though Nash will play a game here in the US with Inter next month if I’m correct.

            It does seem like a stretch but it’s awkward that one occurred after the other though Kobe is in AC to rehab. But with last seasons injury Nash doesn’t need to try out but being he’s a big fan it’s understandable. Nash could’ve asked or been tried out in 2010 or 2011 too. But who cares I ain’t making a big deal out of it though if he happened to make the team which unlikely given his age that would be a story in itself.

          • hookedonnews

            I’m pretty sure there is no chance Nash could make the team. I’m not even sure that he really wants to. I’m sure Kobe has no problem with Nash doing this. He probably thinks it’s pretty cool. Nash has a lot of ties to international soccer. He’s trying out on Tuesday. I don’t know about the game next month, but I do know that his priority is the Lakers. This soccer stuff is just some fun in the summer. He’s not going to do anything that will keep him from being 100% when the season starts.

          • Jim213

            Agreed, hopefully he can return 100% as the Nash of old which many down play. He’s also going to need to be up to par to assure the team a playoff spot while keeping play competitive. Although I see us as a lower seed currently but chemistry, depth, and the well being of the players will determine how far they get in the playoffs.

          • hookedonnews

            Nash expects to return 100%. He says his skills have not diminished, and I see no reason to doubt it. He almost had another 50/40/90 shooting season, and averaged almost 7 assists a game with Kobe Bryant doing a lot of the facilitating in the 2nd half of the season and the offense running through Pau a great deal of the time. The team had no chemistry with all the injuries and some players not willing to play their roles within the offense. That should change next season. Hopefully Kobe and Pau will come back 100% along with Nash. They should have a better bench and a little more youth. If they all buy in and learn to play in D’Antoni’s system it should be fun to watch. I think they can make the playoffs. Everybody is looking ahead to 2014 to add some additional players, but I think we should see some good basketball before then if everyone can stay healthy. We’ll find out I guess. Ready for the season to start.

          • Jim213

            Yes, but we still need solid players as opposed to superstar’s to fill the roster. So players that show up this season and play to win and to compete will likely be offered an extension come 2014. But I still believe we’re more likely to attract one superstar come 2014 FA.

            However, by making a big trade before next seasons trade may help us to acquire a franchise PG or get us in the lottery 2014 draft mix if ex. Gasol was sent away in a 3 team trade or sent to a lower seeded team before the trade deadline. One thing is for sure a lot of people believe this team will be better than last seasons 45-37 team. If it turns out to be true then we’d likely win 50 games.

          • hookedonnews

            I’m not sure what superstar the Lakers could attract. I don’t think LeBron will leave Miami. If he does, most people believe he’ll go back to Cleveland. Carmelo Anthony has already said he’s unlikely to come to the Lakers. Cleveland is probably going to lock up Kyrie Irving, and I read the other day that the Wizards were looking to do the same with John Wall. Of course, you never know until the deals are done. If D’Antoni is still in LA in 2014 and Steve Nash is still healthy, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him continue to play at least a year beyond his contract. There’s no doubt that they need to bring in a good, young PG to take over when Nash leaves. I don’t know if they would want to go after some max contract type PG. There are a lot of good PGs in the league. I think they may be looking at other positions. There have already been rumors about trades before next year”s trade deadline (Blake and Hill). I would like to see them keep Hill, but I guess it’s just a matter of what you’re going to get in return. I agree that the team should win more games next year than last unless some catastrophic injury occurs. As far as extending the new players, I guess that depends on how well they play and the availability of players they think might be a better fit for the team. I hope they all play great. I was surprised they let Earl Clark get away, but I guess they couldn’t match what Cleveland was willing to pay him with the luxury tax situation.

          • Jim213

            The only one I see as a slight possibility is Lebron though Cleveland and the Knicks have a better shot of acquiring LJ. This is why I see management having a problem 2014 FA which is attracting not just one but two superstars. Given their previous track record are we confident they can pull it off?

            IMO, the best alternative is for a 3 team trade sending Gasol (biggest potential) for a draft pick that can place us in the lottery draft for 2014 or trading for the likes of Rondo (though a challenge still possible). One of these scenarios would help us to focus on 1 superstar the the challenge of trying to attract two.

            Otherwise management may have to wait a few years to try to acquire Adrian Lillard PG during FA. Rondo/Lillard IMo are the best picks to fill the future PG position given that other top PG’s would be available until 2017 or 2018. This IMO would be best b/c aside of trying to attract 2 stars the Lakers have a long list of must do’s for next season.

            Resigning some players looking for other FA to fill holes while dealing with Kobe and possibly Gasol re-signings. Not forgetting the fact that Dumbtoni may need to be replaced… It’ll be a challenge for this management who haven’t given the fans confidence towards the teams future.

          • hookedonnews

            Personally I would not want Rondo. He’s a loose cannon and poison in the locker room. Doc Rivers left Boston because of him and so did Ray Allen. You never know when he’s going to do something stupid and get suspended. He’s also injury prone. He has had a fairly serious injury every season for the last 3 or 4 years. He’s a bad free-throw shooter and not that great an outside shooter either. Lillard is good, but not someone I would throw a max-contract at. It’s going to be challenging to put together a team that can get to the Finals. There are a lot of good teams in the West, and you have 3 strong teams in the East (Miami, Chicago & Indiana) with others getting better. I don’t know what they can get for Gasol. He’s not getting any younger. I guess it depends on how he plays this season after the knee procedures.

        • Eddie Lazaro

          I still see a “Conflicting Self Interest”, and if he gets injured doing this with his age and stage being accident prone as he is? Still getting paid as a Lakers? Will (half of last season) not play and not tradable, Just our Luck on the Salary Cap. I am looking at a much bigger picture I guess.

          • hookedonnews

            Wow. You need to chill. This is a try-out. Is he not allowed to do anything all summer because he was injured? He is not accident prone. I don’t know how closely you follow the NBA, but Rajon Rondo has missed more games due to injury the last 2 seasons than Steve Nash. Nash was healthy the season before. He’s well enough to have played two soccer games already. There’s no reason to freak out because he’s doing this try-out. Obviously you don’t know much about Nash. He’s neither childish nor looking for attention. His whole career screams just the opposite. Yes, it is just you. He’s doing something he loves, and this soccer team is going to benefit from the publicity. Nash is the most unselfish player in the league and is constantly involved in some sort of charity work or some kind of community involvement. If you look at the Lakers website you will see that he’s the person who’s always there at those kind of events. This whole thing has been blown way out of proportion. If you knew Steve Nash a little better you would know that he’s not going to do anything to threaten his basketball career.

          • Eddie Lazaro

            I used to play soccer once in a while, when I was young, same with basketball and also acyive with other sports. I know that in soccer, injuries to legs and ankles are the most common. I am not questioning his community service and charity works or blowing anything out of proportions, what I was saying is the chance of him getting injured. Do you know the difference in time of recovery of an individual at 25yrs x 40+yrs old? It is doubled because as we get older. muscle reflexes, tissues, lower adrenalin and testosterone level factors as we aged. Muscle Cells response to treatment a lot slower. So what is next if accidentally he gets injured?

          • hookedonnews

            As I said earlier, he has already played in 2 soccer games this summer with pro players and other NBA players without being injured. This is something he does every summer. I think he is the better judge of whether he’s able to do this. Of course, an injury can happen anytime no matter what you’re doing. There are websites devoted to injuries to athletes that have happened when they are doing ordinary things at home. Nash is in no way your typical 39 year old. He watches what he eats religiously, and he trains like no other 39 year old you’ve never seen. I have seen videos of some of the stuff he does. I think the chances of him being injured are small, and there’s no reason for him to pass up an opportunity to do something like this. Nash is a smart guy. He’s not one to take foolish chances. I think we should trust his judgment on this.

          • Eddie Lazaro

            He is not an ordinary 39yr old and as fit as an Ox. it is not about his conditioning or any websites or games he’d played. Assuming I am the one writing the checks and he got injured, for me, what’s next? Still have not answered to my question.

          • hookedonnews

            I think you’re worrying about nothing. I haven’t seen Mitch Kupchak or Jim Buss expressing any concern about what he’s doing. If he’s seriously injured insurance will pay his salary, and they can bring in someone else if they feel like they need to. If it’s something minor he still has a lot of time before the season starts to take care of it. He’s been playing soccer for years and hasn’t been injured. I don’t see any reason to believe it’s going to happen with this tryout. I’m pretty sure they aren’t going to try to rough him up considering who he is. This is all for fun and no more dangerous than anything else he might be doing this summer.

  • Eddie Lazaro

    This is coming from a guy who sits in the pine half of the season due to injuries. Having high BBall IQ doesn’t translate to efficiency if you are not playing and injured, you will be another Bynum milking us all season long. I guess a trade for this antics deserved considerations, giving us more cap space, but knowing MDA, he won’t do it to his Fav.

    • hookedonnews

      This is much ado about nothing. He’s already played in two charity soccer games this summer. It’s a tryout, nothing more. Have you ever read some of the bizarre ways that athletes are injured doing everyday things? This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Nash. No reason he shouldn’t do it.

      • Eddie Lazaro

        Sure it does, as far as I am concerned, these players are in (whole year paid) contract and get paid by their respective teams no matter what they do, any injuries outside of their game affects the whole team. He has done two charities as you’ve said, let’s leave it at that, but putting himself in a possible (at his age and stage) danger or injury just translates to lack of dedications and team loyalty. It is a personal goal that has “conflicting” self interest written all over it. I am not saying going out and not enjoying his summer vacation, but half of his last season was in rehab/recovery, it is the risk (Monta Ellis, Bynum, Radmanovic, etc) that is what I am worried about. He can pursue other interest after he is with the other.

  • Laker J

    Don’t tell me that the FO did not include a clause in his contract that he van not engage in another sport activities. Way to go Mitch!

  • Ne0

    Does he know, he still has 2 years contract with the Lakers.

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