Hopefully they're pitted on separate teams so we can draw out some bogus story line about it being the first matchup of the former and current roll halves of the Howard pick-and-roll combination.
In the end all it will be is a fun, friendly game of soccer between two teams that will raise some money for a nice charity. Oh, and hopefully there's plenty of overreaction to every single goal as well.
This will be the second leg of The Steve Nash Foundation's Showdown, featuring NBA players out of their element, playing some soccer in an urban setting.
If you recall, the first time around the showdown came in New York City, Joakim Noah put on a performance for the ages and absolutely went nuts after scoring the game-winning goal to give his team the 8-7 win.
Noah, somehow playing for the USA squad despite his French father of Cameroon descent and his Swedish mother, won the MVP Award in the Showdown's first game.
Nash has been hosting the showdown since 2008, toting around NBA players in his back pocket and playing soccer in front of a crowd jammed around an inner-city field.
The Showdown benefits The Steve Nash Foundation, which helps impoverished children afford health care and education, while helping them find employment and personal development later in life.
Besides Nash, Noah and Lin, the showdown features Grant Hill, Tony Parker, Baron Davis, Jared Dudley, Brandon Jennings, Danny Green, Mike Dunleavy, Elton Brand, Marcin Gortat and Chris Bosh, along with soccer players including Thierry Henry, Claudio Reyna and Maurice Edu, among others.
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