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Lakers' Steve Nash to try out for Inter Milan

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Steve Nash is trading in his basketball to do a different kind of dribbling. At least for a little bit.

Via the Associated Press, Nash will try out for world football (no, not that football) giant Inter Milan. Kind of.

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."

So it's not a real tryout, in that if Nash blows them away that he'll be leaving the Lakers and signing on to play with them this season in Serie A. It's more that he's going to try and play with them during their North American exhibition tour.

A lot of the world's biggest football clubs travel abroad -- often to the U.S. -- for exhibition tours and such. So adding Nash to the roster would certainly ramp up some interest.

Nash can play a little, too. He's been a staple in celebrity soccer matches and almost decided to go that route as a youngster instead of basketball. At 6-foot-2 and outstanding vision, maybe he would've been another Stevie Gerrard in different life.

Currently, Nash is part owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps of MLS.

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