HoopsHype Nick Van Exel rumors
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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