Van Exel shoots down old demons with Dallas

Forgotten in Denver, Nick Van Exel will be remembered for shooting the Mavs past the Kings.

Updated: May 29, 2003, 4:02 PM ET
By Chris Palmer | ESPN The Magazine

DALLAS -- Don't think Nick Van Exel didn't notice because he did. When the San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Lakers on Thursday, it marked the first time since L.A. traded him four years ago that he has lasted longer than the Purple and Gold in the playoffs. That could also have something to do with the fact that this is only his second postseason tour since his messy departure.

Isn't it ironic that the Lakers replaced him in the starting lineup with the trigger-shy Derek Fisher because they ...

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