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Van Exel's yo-yo career finds him back at the top

Updated: September 1, 2005, 1:37 PM ET
By Marc J. Spears | Special to ESPN.com

By signing a rejuvenated Nick Van Exel, the San Antonio Spurs are dusting off a vintage pistol that is ready to start firing, as in the days of old.

Van Exel is at his worst when he is playing with a bad team. But when Nick the Quick has something to play for, he is one of the most feared shooters in the league while donning his trademark Cheshire grin. And it's Van Exel's appetite for winning, combined with his ability to to fill a significant bench need for the Spurs, that made this odd ...

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