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Basketball star Nash can't hide love for Tottenham

Double NBA MVP Steve Nash admits he loves Tottenham.

In a Nike ad, the Phoenix Suns guard, widely regarded as one of the best basketball players in the world, is followed around New York in the "Training Day" commercial during a 24-hour spell in the close season.

He is seen moving through the busy Manhattan streets on a skateboard, draining some shots on an empty basketball court and playing football with friends.

And when he rolls the ball into an empty net after beating a couple of tackles he kisses the Tottenham club crest on his retro Spurs shirt.

The video has become cult viewing in the United States even though it is only available on internet platform YouTube.

"I saw the ad as an opportunity for me to show my love of sport and, in particular, football and Spurs," Nash said.

Nash has been linked with a move to buy into Tottenham and was introduced onto the White Hart Lane pitch during the half-time break as Tottenham hammered Derby County 4-0 at the start of the current season.

But the 33-year-old Canadian added: "I said something about it being every fan's dream to own their club and those comments got taken completely out of context. In any case, I don't have a spare 300 million quid for such luxuries. "But I am proud to be a supporter and I do have a relationship now with the club and I'm enthusiastic about the direction we're heading. Like every lifelong fan, I want to see the club do well and if I can ever do anything for them commercially, I'd be delighted."

He revealed his interest in football when he also told The Times: "My dad was a good non-League player in England so I grew up playing the game.

"I don't know how good I could have been, a lot of people said footie was my best sport growing up. When I was 16, the Canadian national team asked me to go on a tour with their under-17s even though I hadn't played football for two or three years because I had been concentrating on basketball. They needed a left-sided player and I can use both feet.

"The only thing I'll say is if I worked as hard and spent the years on football that I did on basketball then it would have been interesting to see what I could have done.

"Put it this way, all the way through my teens, if you had asked me which sport I had the best chance to turn pro in, I, and everyone else, would have said football. Looking at it logically, small white guys don't make it in one of those sports, but they do the other."

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