If you know about Steve Nash, you know that he loves soccer. His favorite team is Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League, yet that may change next week.
According to a report from the Star Tribune, Nash is set to try out for Inter Milan on Tuesday:
[pullquote]Steve Nash is going to try to become a soccer player again, if only momentarily.
The Los Angeles Lakers 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 U.S. starting next week. The tournament pits eight club teams from around the world, with a winner to be crowned in Miami on Aug. 7.
“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 the Guinness event 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.”[/pullquote]
While Nash probably won’t make the final team that will compete in the tournament, it’s good publicity for Inter Milan and soccer in the USA as a whole.
I have no problem with Nash trying out for the team. Sure, he’s coming off an injury-plagued season, but training with a professional soccer team won’t hurt his off-season recovery. Besides, he’s already played a couple of soccer games this summer in order to raise money for his foundation.