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Old 02-09-2009, 02:42 PM   #1
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Default Best Soccer Player in the NBA

Everyone knows about Kobe, Hakeem, and Nash having very solid backgrounds in soccer, and I'm sure there are a few others. But I was wondering, who has the best soccer skills out of any player in the NBA, or rather, who has the best soccer reputation?

[Disclaimer]I couldn't decide whether this topic would be better suited for the OTC or NBA forum. I figured either would reap a good amount of information.[/Disclaimer]
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:44 PM   #2
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Nash could have gone pro I heard, probably Championship level player in England, with his vision and quickness.
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:45 PM   #3
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Throw in Rudy Fernandez. I read somewhere on these boards he was supposed to do a soccer-style kick off the backboard for the dunk contest.

That's the only other person I could think of. Didn't know Hakeem did Soccer either.
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maybe this guy

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Old 02-09-2009, 02:48 PM   #5
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Okur FTW!
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:49 PM   #6
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Last night Batum was kicking the ball around like it was a hacky-sack. Looked like he had some soccer background.
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Didn't know Hakeem did Soccer either.

Hakeem said that his "Dream Shake" is inspired by soccer moves.
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:49 PM   #8
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loul deng is english, by deafault he is decent at soccer. probably pretty good
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:49 PM   #9
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Hakeem and soccer...i just dont see a 7 footer running for 90 mins..if players in the NBA get tired in 48 min games ...imagine running for 45 mins in each half with no timeouts...Hakeem lol...maybe he could kick the ball...like any other person...

Steve Nash doesnt have the size or the strenght to be a soccer player especially in england...comeon...do you think his legs can hold up the beating he would get?

Kobe...well i did see him when he was in barcelona...he was chilling with ronaldinho and messi...well not personally but on TV news....he seemed to have fun playing...but really playing soccer....well those slow skills wont work...lol
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:53 PM   #10
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Hakeem said that his "Dream Shake" is inspired by soccer moves.

That's pretty cool, but it seems to be more of a 'basketball staple' (after he introduced it) than a soccer-inspired move.
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Hakeem and soccer...i just dont see a 7 footer running for 90 mins..if players in the NBA get tired in 48 min games ...imagine running for 45 mins in each half with no timeouts...Hakeem lol...maybe he could kick the ball...like any other person...

Steve Nash doesnt have the size or the strenght to be a soccer player especially in england...comeon...do you think his legs can hold up the beating he would get?

Kobe...well i did see him when he was in barcelona...he was chilling with ronaldinho and messi...well not personally but on TV news....he seemed to have fun playing...but really playing soccer....well those slow skills wont work...lol
Jan Koller, the Czech international striker plays 90 minutes, also I think the two German Defenders Metzsacher and Mettersacher or whatever are like 6'10 and Marco Matterazzi I think is 6'10-6'9'

Also Steve Nash does have the size to play soccer, a good sized player in soccer is Michael Ballack and Nash is about his size. There are 5'5 players in soccer such as Tevez, Maradona, Messi and they are some of the best in the world, low center of gravity is what it's all about.
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The answer is Curry.

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Old 02-09-2009, 04:33 PM   #14
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Manu Ginobili. u know He is from Argentina .
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:38 PM   #15
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Hakeem and soccer...i just dont see a 7 footer running for 90 mins..if players in the NBA get tired in 48 min games ...imagine running for 45 mins in each half with no timeouts...Hakeem lol...maybe he could kick the ball...like any other person...

Steve Nash doesnt have the size or the strenght to be a soccer player especially in england...comeon...do you think his legs can hold up the beating he would get?

Kobe...well i did see him when he was in barcelona...he was chilling with ronaldinho and messi...well not personally but on TV news....he seemed to have fun playing...but really playing soccer....well those slow skills wont work...lol

I think you overestimate the physical conditioning of soccer players compared to basketball players. I'm from England so have been playing soccer for years and it's alot less physically demanding than basketball. Basketball is constant running, alot more sprinting, alot of changes in direction in running, alot of jumping, boxing-out. Give me 90 mins of soccer over 48 mins of basketball anyday. I'm sure alot of people who have played both will agree with this.
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