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Postby jbiggs on Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:36 pm

Lakers' Steve Nash to try out for Inter Milan

Steve Nash believes Kobe Bryant is ahead of schedule in his recovery from Achilles' surgery, is hopeful that the Los Angeles Lakers will finally find the chemistry they lacked a year ago and is finding himself fueled by the memories of an injury-filled season.

On Tuesday, however, basketball won't be his sport of choice.
The two-time NBA MVP gets to become a soccer player again - if only briefly.
The Lakers guard who grew up playing soccer and still has deep ties within the sport will have a tryout of sorts with Inter Milan, before the storied team opens play in the Guinness International Champions Cup tournament that's coming to the U.S. next week. The tournament features eight club teams from around the world, with a winner to be crowned in Miami Gardens, Fla. 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 its portion of 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.''

The tournament begins Saturday when AC Milan visits Valencia. Juventus and Everton meet Wednesday in another first-round game, with the other opening matchups being the Inter-Chelsea game and Real Madrid taking on the L.A. Galaxy on Thursday.
The European clubs are primarily using the event as preseason training and the matches will allow for many more substitutions than normal, as is common with exhibition matches.
''Guinness has kind of taken it to another level by making a tournament out of it,'' Nash said. ''There's stakes involved. For Guinness to bring seven of the world's biggest clubs over and play with the Galaxy, that's phenomenal exposure for the game and it'll help grow the game in North America.''

Nash played soccer and hockey as a child before starting his basketball career as an eighth-grader, primarily because most of his friends at the time were spending more time taking corner jumpers than corner kicks. His father, John, played professional soccer in South Africa and England, and Nash remains an avid soccer fan and is part of the ownership group for the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer.
As far as his ''real job'' goes, Nash said he's encouraged for the coming NBA season. He's working his way back to being 100 percent physically. His first season with the Lakers was an injury-filled one, where he was limited to 50 games because of a broken left leg and a strained right hamstring.
''I've had a really good summer of training and rehabilitating,'' Nash said. ''I'm not 100 percent, but I'm pretty close. Good enough to go out there Tuesday. I'm thrilled I've had this time to build myself back up, and I believe I'll have a great year.''

Last season was a struggle for the Lakers, and the offseason hasn't exactly been tranquil, either. Dwight Howard left Los Angeles for Houston, Bryant has been working his way through rehabilitation for his Achilles', and the Lakers added new pieces like Chris Kaman, Nick Young and Wesley Johnson.
''We're all just excited for another opportunity,'' Nash said. ''We've got some terrific players coming off of difficult seasons. I know Pau Gasol after his injuries, Kobe's coming off a difficult injury, I was injured for the better part of the season. The three of us are eager to get back out there and there's other guys, Jordan Hill, Steve Blake, who missed a lot of time last year.
''We're excited to see what we can make of ourselves. We really are going to try for the second consecutive year to find chemistry and identity, but we're excited for it, so we'll see.''
Nash said he isn't letting go of the bad memories from last season, using them instead as motivation for the coming year.
And when the new season starts, he said he wouldn't be at all surprised to see Bryant - who tore his Achilles' tendon in April - not just ready, but raring to go.
''I don't think he'd have it any other way,'' Nash said. ''I know he's very focused and determined and he plans to come back as strong as ever, probably in record time.''
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby Ariza3 on Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:41 pm

he better not injure himself while playing soccer this summer
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby Doc Brown on Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:08 pm

If he does I hope we can void his contract. I'd be livid if he got hurt and we had to suffer for it.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:16 pm

He obviously doesn't care about the upcoming season. I can't see him doing this if we were in the hunt for a title next year.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby Battle Tested20 on Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:42 am

V.V.V.V.V. wrote:He obviously doesn't care about the upcoming season. I can't see him doing this if we were in the hunt for a title next year.

I hope your kidding.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby Doc Brown on Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:43 am

Nash mum on retirement plans
July, 31, 2013
JUL 31
8:17
AM ET
By Nick Borges
The 2013-14 season will be the 18th year in the NBA for Steve Nash and he was asked when he may call it quits since this will be that final campaign for fellow 1996 draft selections Derek Fisher and Jermaine O'Neal. It could also be the final seasons for Ray Allen and Marcus Camby.

"I don't really want to think about it," Nash told ESPNLosAngeles.com Tuesday. "I want to concentrate on this season and have a great season and then next year I'll worry about next year. After that there's a chance I could keep playing, but I'm totally open to not playing or playing again and I don't really want to predict. I just want to concentrate on the now and worry about the future when it arrives."

Nash is signed through 2014-15, however there is a very good chance the Los Angeles Lakers will release him next year and stretch the remaining $9.7 million owed to him as a way to create as much salary cap room to go after the top free agents.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby trodgers on Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:35 am

Nash has as many seasons as Payton and this will be one fewer than Kidd's career. I can't see him playing beyond 2014-15, but I'd love to see him go out on a high note. Challenge this season and win it next season. Then ride off.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby LTLakerFan on Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:11 am

^^^ Meh....clearly he doesn't care about the Lakers or basketball any more. Didn't you read above he played some soccer? :man10:
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby LTLakerFan on Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:33 am

^^^ OK have to be honest here ..... made me nervous too thinking about it when I read it was going to happen. But.... it's over and no harm done.

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Postby dwighthowardsdad on Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:53 am

I think Nash is going to have a very good season; his minutes need to be limited, we need to attempt to put in a scheme to mask his deficiencies; nevertheless, he'll have more of an opportunity to prove himself in an offense that will be more fluid and free-flowing.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby LTLakerFan on Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:10 am

I'm very looking forward to the impact he will make on Farmar. I completely believe Farmar wants to learn as much from him as he can. Even in Blake's later years in the league I'd like to think others thought last year he looked a little trickier himself with the ball, from being around Nash?
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby therealdeal on Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:23 am

LTLakerFan wrote:I'm very looking forward to the impact he will make on Farmar. I completely believe Farmar wants to learn as much from him as he can. Even in Blake's later years in the league I'd like to think others thought last year he looked a little trickier himself with the ball, from being around Nash?

I definitely agree. I thought Blake looked like he picked a lot up from Nash in his limited time. Hopefully Farmar can do the same.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby LTLakerFan on Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:00 pm

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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby LTLakerFan on Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:12 pm

Who doesn't think Farmar wants to play a lot of starting point guard for the Lakers going forward in their future starting now. His dream. He knows where he needs to get better. He has Dan as well who is good for point guards. But he does finally have some good athleticism with skills that we need consistently at the 1 since forever, can dictate pace and is not afraid of the big shots. So not like Nash having to take him from square one.
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Postby therealdeal on Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:38 pm

I just hope that Farmar's time away from LA has matured him as much as it appears that it has. I hope he's rounded his game more and that he tries to be more of a prototypical PG instead of a scoring PG like he wanted to be while he was here.

He's got the tools to maybe be around here for a while. I hope he gets it. Asking Nash for help is a great place to start.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby Ariza3 on Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:06 pm

Mike Trudell: I'm checking out a Lakers scrimmage at the practice facility; everyone on the roster but Gasol/Kobe are playing (Farmar was here earlier). Twitter @LakersReporter


Mike Trudell: Among those looking good so far are @Steve Nash and @steveblake5. Nash is moving well, shot looks pure as ever. Twitter @LakersReporter
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Postby Ariza3 on Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:08 pm

Nash gave access to all parts of his life to producer/director Michael Hamilton and the film will include interviews with President Barack Obama, Ron Howard, David Beckham, Snoop Lion, Doug Ellin, David Blaine, David Stern, Wilson and NBA players Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Yao Ming and Baron Davis. More film information is at www.nashthemovie.com. Arizona Republic
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby Battle Tested20 on Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:16 pm

Ariza3 wrote:
Mike Trudell: I'm checking out a Lakers scrimmage at the practice facility; everyone on the roster but Gasol/Kobe are playing (Farmar was here earlier). Twitter @LakersReporter


Mike Trudell: Among those looking good so far are @Steve Nash and @steveblake5. Nash is moving well, shot looks pure as ever. Twitter @LakersReporter


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Postby XXIV on Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:55 pm

That's good news. Now no more freak injuries for either of them please.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby karacha on Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:58 pm

I can't wait to see Nash play basketball again. I just love his way of creating shots for others and himself. Hopefully he will be healthier, just watch his minutes.

And yes, I also believe Farmar will learn from him.
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Postby live and die in LA on Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:01 pm

With Farmar and Blake there is no reason Nash should be playing excessive minutes. Just have to hope for a clean bill of health.
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Postby therealdeal on Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:06 pm

karacha wrote:I can't wait to see Nash play basketball again. I just love his way of creating shots for others and himself. Hopefully he will be healthier, just watch his minutes.

And yes, I also believe Farmar will learn from him.

Blake STARTED the season looking world's better just because of a few weeks with Nash. I expect Farmar to pick up tips like a sponge.
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Postby karacha on Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:11 pm

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True.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:29 pm

therealdeal wrote:
karacha wrote:I can't wait to see Nash play basketball again. I just love his way of creating shots for others and himself. Hopefully he will be healthier, just watch his minutes.

And yes, I also believe Farmar will learn from him.

Blake STARTED the season looking world's better just because of a few weeks with Nash. I expect Farmar to pick up tips like a sponge.


If Jordy really has found some humility like being reported he could gain the most from playing with and around Nash.
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