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Nick Van Exel
Nick Van Exel
Position: None
Born: 11/27/71
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
Nowitzki says Nick Van Exel was one of his favorite teammates, reliably warning the team that, “As soon as I make one three, I’m dribbling up and shooting the next one.” He reminisced about Brad Miller, chewing dip at halftime of an All-Star Game (“What a circus!”); the uberconfident Jason Terry, who could be 0-of-9 but yell, “It’s fourth–quarter time!” As for teammates he wishes he’d had, he named a pair of big men, Shaq and Tim Duncan.
In your role as the Lakers general manager, what was the toughest cut that you ever had to make? Probably the worst thing that I had to do, and I was almost forced to do it, was trading Nick Van Exel to Denver. He was one of my favorite players of all time, but he obviously wasn’t very happy with me because I would try, from a different position as a GM, to get him to understand that there are just certain things that you have to do in this league in order to survive. I told him that he had to be able to live with his coaches and live with his teammates, but there were just a whole bunch of things that happened that would not allow that to go forward. The thing that I liked about Nick was that he had an unbelievably difficult life growing up. He was so competitive, so it was a really sad day for me when I had to trade him.
6 months ago via VICE