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Cardinal Great Nick Van Exel Still Has "Birds Up"
Cardinal Great Nick Van Exel Still Has "Birds Up"

NBA Player highlights

  • Van Exel was the last Laker to score in the fabled Boston Garden when he nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lakers the win.
  • He hit a pair of clutch three-pointers for the Lakers in game 5 of the 1995 Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs. The first one sent the game into overtime, while the second one decided the game.
  • He recorded a career-high 23 assists on January 5, 1997 against the Vancouver Grizzlies. This record has come under scrutiny when it was admitted by the scorekeeper for the Grizzlies that he intentionally inflated Van Exel's assist total due to the scorekeeper's displeasure with the NBA's scorekeeping system and wanted to prove its inaccuracy.
  • He finished in the top 15 in assists in eight of 13 seasons.
  • Coming into the 2005-06 season,  Van Exel was first all-time among  Los Angeles Lakers in three-point field goals made with 750. Midway through the season he was surpassed by Kobe Bryant. 
  • He twice scored a career single-game high of 44 points, both for the Nuggets—on April 15, 2000 against the  Los Angeles Clippers (along with eight assists) and on November 1, 2001 (again with eight assists) against the Milwaukee Bucks.  
  • Van Exel was famous throughout his playing career for his peculiar free throw routine, in which he took his free throw attempts while standing well over a foot behind the free throw line.