Nick Van Exel Was Traded From The Lakers Because Of A Bad Joke That Pissed Off Kobe Bryant And Shaquille O'Neal

Cover picture for the articleIn the history of jokes in poor taste, Nick Van Exel's tops the ranking and it resulted in him getting traded from the Los Angeles Lakers in 1998. His partnership with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal was meant to create a dynasty, but he did not play together long enough to...

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Luis Cotto

I think the joke was "the drop that spilled the cup". The Lakers knew they were moving on and this made it official. Nick knew it as well.


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