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Steve Nash trying out for Inter Milan? Nah … but the guy can definitely still play some soccer

Lakers Steve Nash smiles as he plays in the Lakers season opening game against  Dallas

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash smiles as he plays in the Lakers season opening game against the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)


I think we all know this Steve Nash “tryout” with Inter Milan is a publicity driven put-on. If not, then we need to talk.

Because, seriously, if the Italian Serie A club is really looking for 39-year-olds who have never played professional soccer (especially guys who are coming off injury and admit they are less than 100 percent in terms of physical readiness), then we might need to reassess where the club really is ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.

This is just part of the media effort ahead of the Guinness International Champions Cup tournament coming up this week. If you haven’t heard, it features eight name brand clubs: Inter Milan, AC Milan, Chelsea, Everton, Juventus, Real Madrid, Valencia and the LA Galaxy.

Nash, of course, is a not-so-secret soccer player wanna-be. And besides being co-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps, the man has professional soccer in his blood.

He also knows people in the game. Nash just doubled the reach of his annual charity game, adding a West Coast event to the usual New York goings-on.

In the event that benefits his Steve Nash Foundation and include NBA types (Klay Thompson, Jeremy Lin and Jared Dudley among others), Nash hit a couple while LA Galaxy goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini supplied the big stops.

Highlights of the fun event are here: