NBA superstar a Tottenham fan but close pals with Arsenal legend

LA Lakers superstar Steve Nash has professed his admiration for Tottenham, but admits to being close pals with an Arsenal legend.

Call this one a welcome distraction from transfer gossip and pre-season updates, NBA veteran Steve Nash has given an interesting interview on his love of football.

Nash, 39, signed with the LA Lakers last year, amid a time of hope for the franchise, who had also managed to secure Dwight Howard's services - Only for their season to become a disaster.

Their coach was sacked five games in, and they only sneaked into in the Western Conference playoffs before being whitewashed by eventual runners-up San Antonio Spurs, despite being many people's tip for the Championship before the 2012/13 season tipped off.

With Howard and Metta World Peace departed, Nash is distracting himself by concentrating on his love of football during the off-season, recently taking part in a training session with Inter Milan during the Italian club's tour of America.

In an interview with Grant Wahl for Sports Illustrated he professes his long-standing support of Tottenham Hotspur, commenting that he was inspired by the side's 1981 FA Cup Final win, with his parents also fans.

But it is another Frenchman who became a North London legend who he claims to be close pals with, Arsenal's record goalscorer Thierry Henry. Nash told SI how he visited his house and stayed over when he was at Barcelona, after meeting in 2004 during a trip to Paris.

His views on Gareth Bale? He didn't divulge them. You would imagine after the Dwight Howard saga which plagued the Lakers off-season recently, the last thing he wants to discuss is his favourite team losing their star player.

It's a fascinating interview for anybody who is into both their basketball and their football. Just placing Nash into context slightly, it's remarkable he is still playing professional basketball at 39 at such a high level, when you consider he is four years older than Andre Villas-Boas.

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