ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- There are a lot of words that can be used to describe Nick Van Exel's NBA career, but future coach probably didn't come up too often in conversations about the former point guard.
With a brash personality and a reputation as a bit of a bad boy as a player, Van Exel had multiple incidents as a player that probably didn't scream future coach at the time.
But 24 years after he left Wisconsin as a prep star, Van Exel is back and ready to start his NBA coaching career with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Though he hasn't played in the NBA since 2006, the 41-year-old is hoping he can be the bridge between Bucks coach Larry Drew and the players.
"You have to relate, and I definitely speak their language," Van Exel said. "I don't dress like them -- they are into the tight clothes and all of that -- but I can talk like them. I'm going to tell them the truth, I'm going to shoot it straightforward and it's going to be told just like it is and the way it's supposed to be. I think ...