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June 27, 1998 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
Denver Nugget officials spoke with Nick Van Exel and said the all-star point guard, stung by his trade from the Lakers and considering whether to refuse to report, has decided not to fight the deal and will soon take a physical to make it official. Neither team was concerned that Van Exel would come around and the notion of the trade being voided was never given serious consideration.
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February 2, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Sad news for a former Lakers All-Star. Nickey Maxwell Van Exel, the son of Nick Van Exel, was sentenced to 60 years in prison for murder in Texas on Friday. The 22-year-old was found guilty Thursday of shooting Bradley Bassey Eyo in 2010. Nick Van Exel was selected by the Lakers with the 37th overall pick in the 1993 NBA draft. Before the arrival of Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant in 1996, Van Exel was the team's leader and go-to player. Van Exel played with the Lakers until 1998, then was traded after an All-Star season for Tony Battie and the draft rights to Tyronn Lue. He is currently on staff with the Atlanta Hawks in player development.
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November 12, 2002 | From Associated Press
Dallas Maverick reserve guard Nick Van Exel had arthroscopic knee surgery Monday and is expected to be out three to six weeks. Van Exel had torn cartilage in his right knee. The knee had been bothering him since training camp and he decided to have surgery now rather than let it linger. Van Exel was averaging 9.5 points, 3.3 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 20.2 minutes through six games, all Dallas victories. Dallas replaced Van Exel by activating undrafted free-agent guard Adam Harrington of Auburn.
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July 21, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Golden State Warriors traded point guard Nick Van Exel to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday for forward Dale Davis and guard Dan Dickau. Van Exel, who turns 33 in November, was injured for much of his only season with the Warriors, who acquired him from Dallas last summer in a trade involving Antawn Jamison. He averaged 12.6 points while playing only 39 games, leaving the team for good shortly after the All-Star break because of a recurring knee injury.
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December 12, 1996 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
Nick Van Exel talked Wednesday, a night after his reputation may have beat him to the punch. "I don't think they're out for me," the Laker point guard said of NBA officials, like the one, Ronnie Nunn, who ejected him with 50 seconds left in the second quarter Tuesday at Sacramento. "They don't call many fouls on me, but they don't call many against me. So I don't think I've been treated unfairly. Now the team, on the other hand . . .
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March 20, 1995 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nearly a month he had played in the dark, sometimes literally. Hit-or-miss as an assist man, miss-or-miss as a shooter, looking bad from the field and dreadful on three-point shots, one of his usual weapons of choice. That made Sunday the brightest night the Lakers had seen in a long time.
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December 22, 1997 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
Del Harris was feeling guilty and impressed at the same time in the wake of a performance the Laker coach called masterful, the 24-point, 11-assist, zero-turnover showing by Nick Van Exel on Saturday night in Charlotte. Problem was, it also was a 38-minute showing. "I've got to be careful," Harris said. "I am relying on him a little too much."
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March 20, 1998 | JIM HODGES
It looks as if there might be a new starter for the Lakers tonight when they play host to the Seattle SuperSonics. Make that an old starter. Nick Van Exel is still called "game-to-game," by Coach Del Harris, and Derek Fisher, who has been the Lakers' starting point guard in Van Exel's absence for a month, says "I haven't heard anything yet," but Van Exel's minutes have been built to where he is set to return to the starting lineup.
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July 21, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Golden State Warriors traded point guard Nick Van Exel to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday for forward Dale Davis and guard Dan Dickau. Van Exel, who turns 33 in November, was injured for much of his only season with the Warriors, who acquired him from Dallas last summer in a trade involving Antawn Jamison. He averaged 12.6 points while playing only 39 games, leaving the team for good shortly after the All-Star break because of a recurring knee injury.
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November 27, 1996 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
Nick Van Exel's long stretch on the bench in the fourth quarter Tuesday, as Derek Fisher played all but 93 seconds of the Lakers' 100-88 victory at Philadelphia, gave him time to think about his role. Rather, to wonder about it. "Nothing surprises me with the coach we got," Van Exel said of Del Harris. "Nothing."
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February 19, 2004 | Mark Heisler
Reports of their demise are still exaggerated. Beginning a stretch in which they'll play 11 of 15 games on the road, the Lakers showed they still had it Wednesday night, winning a 100-99 thriller over the Warriors, who forgot about the looming trade deadline long enough to chase them to the wire. This is a two-game win streak for the Lakers, once nothing you'd think about.
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February 1, 2004
GAME OF THE WEEK LAKERS at INDIANA *--* No Team (Rec) Comment (last week) 1 SACRAMENTO (33-12) If they're better with Webber than they have been without him, look out. (3) 2 INDIANA (35-13) Jermaine O'Neal no longer just good for an East big man, averaging 21-11. (4) 3 MINNESOTA (32-13) Game's most underrated player, Cassell, should finally become an All-Star. (2) 4 SAN ANTONIO (31-18) No. 17 offense is really in trouble when defenses take away Duncan.
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October 22, 2003 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
You have to admire anyone willing to try the Ironman Triathlon, let alone compete for a spot on the podium. Blood, sweat and tears are impressive ... especially someone else's. That said, the California fitness magazine Competitor collected a sampling of 20-plus observations from athletes over the years, lending some firsthand perspective to the sweatfest, which celebrated its 25th anniversary Saturday in Hawaii.
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August 16, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
An eight-player trade is in the works that would send Nick Van Exel from the Dallas Mavericks to the Golden State Warriors for Antawn Jamison, according to reports. The Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on their Web sites Friday night that Chris Mills, Danny Fortson and Jiri Welsch would also come to Dallas as part of the deal. Avery Johnson, Evan Eschmeyer and Popeye Jones would join Van Exel in going to Golden State. * The U.S.
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May 11, 2003 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
Life without Chris Webber began uneasily for the Sacramento Kings, who were more than game Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks but ultimately couldn't keep pace without their injured leader. The Mavericks, playing from behind almost the entire way in front of a full-throated capacity crowd of 17,317 in Arco Arena, overcame a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit and finally won after two overtimes, 141-137, to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series.
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May 5, 2003 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
In the end, the Portland Trail Blazers collapsed. The Dallas Mavericks didn't choke, didn't flinch. To their immense relief, they didn't take their place among such legendary failures as the 1964 Philadelphia Phillies, Greg Norman in the 1996 Masters and the 1992 Houston Oilers.
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November 28, 1997 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
Nick Van Exel, his playing time having been cut this season to reduce wear on the bothersome left knee, went 39 minutes Wednesday at Boston because he was needed to ensure stability against the Celtics' swarming defense. And, just as importantly, because he was able. "I feel fine," he said. "My knee is fine." It is also a concern, which is why Coach Del Harris decided in camp to ration Van Exel's minutes, hoping to avoid a repeat of last season when his point guard averaged a career-high 37.
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November 12, 2002 | From Associated Press
Dallas Maverick reserve guard Nick Van Exel had arthroscopic knee surgery Monday and is expected to be out three to six weeks. Van Exel had torn cartilage in his right knee. The knee had been bothering him since training camp and he decided to have surgery now rather than let it linger. Van Exel was averaging 9.5 points, 3.3 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 20.2 minutes through six games, all Dallas victories. Dallas replaced Van Exel by activating undrafted free-agent guard Adam Harrington of Auburn.
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February 22, 2002 | From Associated Press
Mark Cuban made a major trade with Denver, adding Nick Van Exel and Raef LaFrentz to his first-place Dallas Mavericks, while Marc Jackson went from Golden State to Minnesota for a relatively minor price. Van Exel, LaFrentz, Avery Johnson and Tariq Abdul-Wahad were traded from Denver to Dallas for Juwan Howard, Tim Hardaway, Donnell Harvey, cash and a first-round pick in the 2002 draft. Minnesota acquired Jackson from the Warriors for center Dean Garrett and a future second-round pick.
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