Sun Yue Signing Press Conference: Will He Live Up To Jersey #9?
It’s official! Last week, Sun Yue chose to sign with adidas and today he officially signed with the Lakers. He will be joining fellow Laker, Jordan Farmar, Gilbert Arenas, T-Wack, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, and Dwight Howard at adidas.
In other news, true old school Laker fans will realize that the number on Sun’s jersey is #9, the jersey number of the most badass point guard the Lakers ever had – Nick “The Quick” Van Exel. This is for all you 90s babies who think rap music these days is cool and who haven’t grown up in the Golden Age of Civilization.
During the mid-90s, when Kobe still had a boy’s body, when Shaq was the Laker noob, there were a group of sickass talents who were never bigger than the sum of their parts. Never great, just sick. Cedric Ceballos, Eddie Jones, Nick Van Exel, Vlade Divac and Elden Campbell were the main pieces of that Laker team I believe. And the coach? Well, it was none other than Del Harris, who is now an assistant coach with the Mavericks I think. Back in the day, Nick and Del Harris were the perennially quarrelsome couple. Just think of the relationship between every coach and Ron Artest/Stephon Marbury or the relationship between Amy Winehouse and husband Blake Fielder-Civil. Something like that. Then, Del Harris gets fired for obvious reasons and then Nick Van Exel gets passed along from team to team like a blunt at a Bone Thugs concert.
So why is Nick Van Exel so important?
1. Did sick little dances after sick plays. He even shadow-boxed.
2. First to do the 90s slit through the front of the flat-top hair cut, but to his eyebrow. Badass.
3. Shot free throws from in between the free throw line and the 3-point line. Distance didn’t matter to Nick.
4. First to attack a referee. It was more of a shove, but hey the referee ended up flying onto the scorer’s table. Again, badass. Most players are so afraid of David Stern’s fines and punishments they wouldn’t even think to do this, so they resort to complaining. Weak.
On that note, here is a good mix of Nick’s nastiness to the very fitting score of “All Eyez On Me” by 2Pac. Sorry, but much of this is him in other team uniforms, but hey it was the 90s, there weren’t cameras everywhere and the internet was still in infancy. Again, I digress. So, yea…Sun Yue, do #9 right!