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Nick Van Exel's career shaped by personal tragedy, coaching opportunities

FRISCO, Texas _ As he inches closer toward his goal of becoming a college or NBA head coach, Nick Van Exel is still somewhat haunted by the events of December 2010.tmpplchld A Dallas County jury sentenced Van Exel's son, then 22-year-old Nickey Maxwell Van Exel, to 60 years in prison for the shooting death of his longtime friend, Bradley Eyo. The jury surmised that the younger Van Exel shot Eyo and then dumped his body on the east side of Dallas near Lake Ray Hubbard.tmpplchld Nickey Van Exel's attorney said the two men were playing with a shotgun at Nickey Van Exel's home in Garland when it discharged, and that Nickey Van Exel didn't know the gun was loaded.tmpplchld...