Steve Nash believes Kobe Bryant is ahead of schedule in his recovery from Achilles surgery, is hopeful that the Los Angeles Lakers will finally find the chemistry they lacked a year ago and is finding himself fueled by the memories of an injury-filled season. On Tuesday, however, basketball wont be his sport of choice. The two-time NBA MVP gets to become a soccer player again -- if only briefly. The Lakers guard who grew up playing soccer and still has deep ties within the sport will have a tryout of sorts with Inter Milan, before the storied team opens play in the Guinness International Champions Cup tournament thats coming to the U.S. next week. The tournament features eight club teams from around the world, with a winner to be crowned in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Aug. 7. "Its a dream come true to get a chance to try out, not just to try out but to take the field with Inter Milan, one of the great, storied franchises in professional sports," Nash said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I feel like a little kid." Tournament officials said the tryout will take place in New Jersey, two days before Inter Milan opens its portion of the Guinness event in Indianapolis against Chelsea. And Nash expects to be feeling a fairly ramped-up level of nervousness when he laces up his cleats for that training session. "Its going to be a lot higher than it is playing basketball, for sure," Nash said. "I still get nervous for basketball games from time to time. When I get out on the court, I dont get nervous, but before. To go out there with guys that I look up to and watch play, its definitely going to raise the nerves. Ill be really nervous and really excited." The tournament begins Saturday when AC Milan visits Valencia. Juventus and Everton meet Wednesday in another first-round game, with the other opening matchups being the Inter-Chelsea game and Real Madrid taking on the L.A. Galaxy on Thursday. The European clubs are primarily using the event as preseason training and the matches will allow for many more substitutions than normal, as is common with exhibition matches. "Guinness has kind of taken it to another level by making a tournament out of it," Nash said. "Theres stakes involved. For Guinness to bring seven of the worlds biggest clubs over and play with the Galaxy, thats phenomenal exposure for the game and itll help grow the game in North America." The Victoria native played soccer and hockey as a child before starting his basketball career as an eighth-grader, primarily because most of his friends at the time were spending more time taking corner jumpers than corner kicks. His father, John, played professional soccer in South Africa and England, and Nash remains an avid soccer fan and is part of the ownership group for the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer. As far as his "real job" goes, Nash said hes encouraged for the coming NBA season. Hes working his way back to being 100 per cent physically. His first season with the Lakers was an injury-filled one, where he was limited to 50 games because of a broken left leg and a strained right hamstring. "Ive had a really good summer of training and rehabilitating," Nash said. "Im not 100 per cent, but Im pretty close. Good enough to go out there Tuesday. Im thrilled Ive had this time to build myself back up, and I believe Ill have a great year." Last season was a struggle for the Lakers, and the off-season hasnt exactly been tranquil, either. Dwight Howard left Los Angeles for Houston, Bryant has been working his way through rehabilitation for his Achilles, and the Lakers added new pieces like Chris Kaman, Nick Young and Wesley Johnson. "Were all just excited for another opportunity," Nash said. "Weve got some terrific players coming off of difficult seasons. I know Pau Gasol after his injuries, Kobes coming off a difficult injury, I was injured for the better part of the season. The three of us are eager to get back out there and theres other guys, Jordan Hill, Steve Blake, who missed a lot of time last year. "Were excited to see what we can make of ourselves. We really are going to try for the second consecutive year to find chemistry and identity, but were excited for it, so well see." Nash said he isnt letting go of the bad memories from last season, using them instead as motivation for the coming year. 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Azhars marathon 469-ball knock anchored Pakistans first-innings total of 579 for 3 declared, before West Indies moved to 69 for 1 in the 22 overs they had to face till stumps.After having shared a 215-run opening stand with Sami Aslam on the first day, Azhar was well supported on the second day too, first by Asad Shafiq and then by debutant Babar Azam, before Misbah-ul-Haq played an attacking cameo leading into the declaration. Pakistan scored at well over 4 runs an over on day two, adding 300 runs in 65.3 overs as West Indies progressively fell to pieces with the ball and in the field.Resuming the day on 146, Azhar was solid and assured right from the outset and displayed more of the lovely drives and powerful cuts and pulls that lit up the first day. He went into tea at 194, but got to his milestone within two balls of the resumption of play - a leg-side delivery from Shannon Gabriel was tucked fine for four, after which a wide one was cut past backward point for the four that took him past 200. A salute and a set of nine push-ups followed; by that stage, West Indies fielders looked too ragged to follow suit. It took Azhar only a further 112 balls to bring up his triple-ton, powering his side towards a declaration that put West Indies out of their misery.Earlier in the day, Azhar and Shafiq had added 73 runs to the overnight total of 279 for 1, taking their second-wicket partnership to 137. The pair built on their solid platform with relative ease, facing little pressure either from West Indies bowlers or from a pink ball that did not do much in the air. While Shafiq played the odd false shot, Azhar looked compact and sharp, quick to pounce on anything that was short or wide. He greeted Roston Chase with successive lofted shots for four and six, and also played a number of assured sweep shots.The partnership ended when Shafiq drilled a return catch to Devendra Bishoo to depart for 67. That moment of success provided only fleeting relief for West Indies; debutant Babar Azam came in and settled down swiftly to provide capable support to Azhar. He glided his way to a half-century that seemed to come far too easily, before driving to Holder at covers to give West Indies their second and last breakthrough of thee day.dddddddddddd Thereafter, Azhar and Misbah added 62 off 76 in a partnership that wasnt particularly graceful - with a number of skied miscues - but served Pakistans purpose. Azhar brought up his triple-century in much the same manner as he had brought up his century, with a drive wide of mid-off for four. On that jubilant note, Pakistan declared. West Indies had their moments, but were not able to capitalise on them. Bishoo found Azams outside edge early in his innings, only for the ball to fly to the right of slip. A few overs later, Chase got Azhar to nick to slip, where Jermaine Blackwood spilled a sharp chance that should have been taken.A more judicious use of reviews would also have helped. Gabriel, who clocked up impressive speeds in the first over of the day, seamed one back into Shafiq that clipped the top of his back pad on its way to the wicketkeeper. The appeal, seemingly for a caught behind, was turned down, but replays indicated that the ball would have gone on to hit enough of the top of middle for the umpire to overturn the not-out decision. West Indies didnt review.The review West Indies did opt for left them red-faced. Jason Holder bowled an indipping low full toss at Azhar, went up in appeal for lbw and reviewed the not-out decision, believing the ball had brushed pad before bat. Replays, however, showed that the ball had gone nowhere near the pad and had been middled.These errors paled in comparison with West Indies shoddy bowling and often-farcical fielding, which undid the early pressure that Gabriel and Holder had created. While Bishoo bowled a number of short balls and half-volleys, Cummins repeatedly drifted onto the batsmens pads. Gabriel then bowled a terrible spell after tea in which he struggled for line and length and bowled three big no-balls - and at least another three that were not called.In the closing stages of the day, Pakistans bowlers provided a contrast to West Indies effort. Sohail Khan and Mohammad Amir bowled a fuller length and got good shape on the new ball, while Yasir Shah got more grip and turn than the West Indies spinners had managed at any stage. He was rewarded with the wicket of Leon Johnson, whom he trapped in front for 15. But Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo then provided a reminder of how good the wicket still was, batting out the rest of the session in solid fashion. With a mountain still to climb, West Indies require much more solidity in the days ahead. ' ' '