Jeremy Lin to Play in Steve Nash's Soccer Tournament in LA on Sunday

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2013

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 08:  Jeremy Lin #7 of the Houston Rockets and Steve Nash #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers wait for a play at Toyota Center on January 8, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Dwight Howard's new teammate Jeremy Lin and his old teammate Steve Nash will be in competition on Sunday, only instead of a basketball they'll be knocking around a soccer ball in Los Angeles.

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.