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Steve Nash plans to play soccer not basketball after NBA career ends

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Steve Nash is coming to the end of what will likely be his penultimate season of professional basketball.

And after 17 years at the top, the veteran point guard isn't sure if he will ever play basketball again when he does finally calls time on his stellar career.

In fact, according to the man himself, he is more likely to play his beloved soccer than shoot hoops in the future:

"I know I'm not going to play (basketball) for the most part at all when I'm done playing. I'll have, hopefully, a long life after the game where I don't play, so I just want to make the most of it and play as much as I can while I can," Nash told Lakers reporter Mike Trundell.

"I've played so much basketball and played it at such a high level that when I'm done, I don't know if I'll play pickup basketball.

I bet i'll play pickup soccer and pickup tennis and other sports, but in some ways, it might be time to put the basketball away and try other things," explained Nash.

Nash, the son of a professional soccer player, and a keen Tottenham Hotspurs fan, was brought up playing the sport and didn't play basketball competitively until he reached high school.

It's fair to say he picked it up pretty quickly though.

And after establishing himself as one of the best point guards ever to play in the NBA, averaging 14.3 points and over eight assists a game, it looks like Nash is more comfortable returning to his amateur roots than taking his NBA skills to his local court when he steps of the pro court for the final time.

Nash still has one year left on his current deal but, after a season plagued by injuries, it looks increasingly likely that the 40-year-old will call time on his career in 2015.

So when you are out looking for a pick up game of soccer next year you just might find an eight-time All-Star waiting on the sidelines looking to join in...

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