How Legitimate Is Steve Nash's Tryout With Inter Milan?

By Duncan Day
Andy Marlin – USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash will supposedly get his shot to play for a huge European football club this Tuesday with a tryout for Serie A club Inter Milan. His try out will take place in New Jersey.

This announcement shouldn’t come as a surprise to those of you who know Nash’s background. The 39-year-old point guard has been an avid soccer fan since he began his NBA career 17 years ago; since 2008, he has hosted a soccer-based charity event every year called the Steve Nash Foundation Showdown, a pick-up game mixed with NBA, MLS and European soccer athletes. He is also a co-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Although Nash’s soccer credentials are obvious, you must be wondering about the validity of this tryout session. To be honest, I would say that this tryout is definitely not going to result in Nash playing for Inter next year. The Lakers’ veteran is almost 40 years old, and Inter is one of the best soccer/football clubs in the world. Nash is actually quite the skilled soccer player, but it just wouldn’t be realistic to think that he would be seriously considered as a legitimate player for the Italian squad. He’s coming off some injury issues from last season, so I’m not sure if his fitness level is 100 percent.

Nevertheless, Inter could sign Nash to a short-term deal that would allow him to play in the 2013 Guinness Champions Cup. This tournament features some of the best soccer teams in the world, including Real Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Chelsea. Nash’s mere existence on Inter’s bench would certainly attract more people to this event, but there are such amazing soccer teams playing in this tournament that you shouldn’t need the presence of an NBA star to enjoy yourself. Still, it would be interesting to see an NBA superstar share the pitch with European soccer icons like Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Imagine that sight.

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