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Nash 'can't do both' when it comes to NBA and Olympics

NEW YORK -- Canada still has a chance to play in the
Olympics, but shouldn't expect any help from Steve Nash.

The Phoenix Suns star said Sunday night he probably would not
play for the Canadians next summer even if they land a spot in the
Beijing Games.

"I would say no, but I can't really talk about it until the
situation arrives and this season's come to a conclusion," Nash
said. "But in my mind right now, I'm not going to play for Canada
anymore. I just can't do both."

Nash captained Canada's team in the 2000 Olympics and tried to
help the Canadians qualify for the 2004 Games. The point guard
stopped playing for the national team after signing with the Suns
in 2004.

There was speculation last summer Nash would consider rejoining
the Canadians if they qualified for Beijing. They failed to do so
at the FIBA Americas tournament in Las Vegas, but by finishing
fifth earned another chance in the FIBA world Olympic qualifying
tournament in July. The final three Olympic berths will be
available there.