For the first time since being sentenced to prison for 60 years, Nickey Van Exel, the son of former Dallas Mavericks forward Nick Van Exel, is talking about the night he shot and killed his best friend.
Van Exel said he was playing with a gun when he accidentally fatally shot his friend Bradley Eyo in 2010. Prosecutors didn’t agree with his account, charged him with murder and he was convicted three years later. In an exclusive sit-down interview with NBC 5’s Pat Doney, Van Exel said the night he killed his friend still haunts him today.
While the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs and LeBron James have won most of the championships since the turn of the century, there was no great rivalry between them. A rivalry that has been constant was right here in the Lone Star State.
The Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs gave us some great ones and now that Tim Duncan is retiring without as much as a press conference, the rivalry of the most consistent teams of the previous decade is gone with him. Read More»
This story was originally written and published on the NBCDFW website. In wake of the recent events in the place that I, and many of you reading, call home. I would like to share this. Sports is such a small part of the world, but it is a great escape and can truly highlight the good in people. This one is for the good people of the DFW-area, of all races, that understand love and loyalty. Let us learn greater humanity from this tragedy. I am praying for you, Dallas. Read More
The Golden State Warriors just lost the NBA Finals. They just pulled off one of the best two-season stretches in NBA history. They are 171-37 since the start of the 2014-2015 season, including the playoffs. Somehow the narrative along the way has been that Stephen Curry, their most iconic player, is an underdog and underachieved in the Finals. Read More
For sports fans, media, and organizations there is no end. There is always a next play, game or season. For players, their career is only so long, so while they strive for excellence, I hope they learn from the experience. There is a lot to learn from sports. I encourage every child to participate, because good or bad, there are infinite lessons to learn. One of the biggest lessons of them all, no matter how successful you are, people will want more. Prime example; LeBron Raymone James. Read More
First off, I would like to say welcome back, to any former readers. After a 4-month hiatus, I am happy to announce that I hope to begin writing regularly for “1st and Inches” again. In the time that has passed; the Broncos won the Super Bowl, the Warriors and Spurs completed 2 of the most impressive regular season’s in NBA history, and Stephen Curry has won yet another MVP award. That all leaves me with lots of stuff to talk about, but instead of rehashing the past, I would like to focus on the present and what is fresh. Oddly enough, what is fresh, is nothing new.
For the past decade roughly, the NBA has been LeBron’s world and everyone else has just resided in it. In that time, no other sport has had a star so unrivaled. That may be due to the fact that one player in basketball has a far greater impact on each game, but it also derives from the greatness of LeBron James. He will likely go down as one of the most dominant and versatile players in the history of the sport. He, like Magic Johnson, is in a class of his own, a basketball unicorn of sorts. There is no comparison to LeBron. The trouble in that is, how does one compare LeBron to Steph, Kobe, MJ, or any one else? He is not your average forward, guard, scorer, ball-handler, defender or anything else. He is a little bit of everything. This is not a story about all the things LeBron is great at, however, this is look at some of his struggles. Read More
The 2014-2015 NBA Season was great. The Golden State Warriors, and their “3 and D” brand of basketball, had one of the most dominant single seasons in NBA history, LeBron James reaffirmed his greatness with one of the top 3 NBA Finals performances of all time, and the Western conference was as deep as a conference has ever been. Do not fear though NBA fan. This upcoming season will be better. Read More