HoopsHype Nick Van Exel rumors
Nick Van Exel has been in Carmelo Anthony’s position. Nearly nine years ago, Van Exel wanted the Denver Nuggets to trade him. They granted his wish. He now regrets it. The star of a struggling Nuggets team during the 2001-02 season, Van Exel revealed his frustrations publicly after a loss in Cleveland. He told reporters he was “sick of losing” and had already asked for a trade. “If I could do it again, I probably would have stuck it out,” said Van Exel, now a player development coach with the Atlanta Hawks. “I was an emotional player. I was so stubborn. I didn’t back away from it. “I was hoping for a trade, but at the same time I felt like I let a lot of people down.” Yahoo! Sports
Anthony has never said publicly he wants a trade, in part because the NBA now fines players who make such demands public. But he also has refused to sign the three-year, $64 million extension the Nuggets have offered, and his representatives, league sources said, have made clear to team officials he wants out. “He’s doing it the right way,” Van Exel said. “It’s tough. He wants to compete for a championship. But he sees all the guys he came into the league with making moves, and he wants to win.” Yahoo! Sports
They called Nick Van Exel “Nick the Quick” during his playing days because of his speed, and in that way Jeff Teague is similar to Van Exel. But Van Exel also had what L.D. calls an “edge” and “played with a chip on his shoulder.” Teague doesn’t have that so L.D. brought in Van Exel to help him find it. “We call it ‘the dog’ in the NBA,” Van Exel said. “We are trying to bring that dog out of him.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution
These things don’t come naturally for Teague. “He’s kind of a quiet kid,” Van Exel said. “He likes to joke around and have fun. But there are times when somebody makes him mad, and he is just blowing by guys. And we are like, ‘Man, you’ve got to to that all the time.’ “He can do it. He has those skills. We are thinking about maybe going up to him and making him mad before every game, making up stuff just to get him going.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Hawks: Hawks add Nick Van Exel to staff as Player Development Instructor. Check out Hawks.com later today for the official release and commentary Twitter
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