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

Updated: December 3, 2007, 4:36 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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