I’m not sure where this is from. I put it up on our Tumblr a few days ago. I put it up because, of all the people who played for the Mavericks, Nick Van Exel was singular in his ability to not give one fraction of a damn if it was the fourth quarter of the seventh game of a playoff series or 10 minutes into a preseason game. He did what he did. He was absolutely fearless, rushing toward the moment instead of shrinking from it, 6 feet of swagger.
I put it up here because 1) we should all be more like that, whether we play basketball or type blog posts about people who play basketball or whatever. And 2) the Mavericks, specifically, should especially be like that tonight. I mean, I suppose the real reason is that I love Nick Van Exel, but I think I’ve made that pretty clear with all the words I typed before these. In case I didn’t: I love Nick Van Exel.