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Lessons from Bobby Phills: The Maturation of Nick Young and JaVale McGee

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Updated: February 3, 2009
This is Bobby Phills.

Bobby Phills - NBA.comHe is dead.
He died in an automobile accident when he and teammate David Wesley were racing along the highways in Charlotte, NC after a morning shoot-around.

This is David Wesley.

David Wesley - NBA.comHe lived.

Surely Wesley has coped since the tragedy just over nine years ago, but still, he must live the rest of his life knowing that he lost a friend when they were both being stupid and reckless.

This is JaVale McGee.

JaVale McGee - flickr/Keith Allison

And this is Nick Young.

Nick Young - flickr/Keith AllisonBoth Nick and JaVale are idiots — albeit, just kids….just humans, and we all make mistakes — but idiots nonetheless.

Nick and JaVale have been ticketed for reckless driving (ht: Bullets Forever). It’s understood that they were both driving in separate cars, but not clear if they were racing each other or in a rush to catch a flight to Boston because they were running late.

Nonetheless, they probably need a talking to from David Wesley. It’s better to be late than dead.


[photo sources: NBA.com and flickr/Keith Allison]

  • JC

    Excellent point. It is too easy to flip a car speeding around a turn that bends more than you expect.

    Hopefully, this is a lesson that sticks with those guys.

  • Niall Doherty

    Very good point. The death of Bobby Phills hit me hard. If anyone wants to read more about him, we did a remembrance piece on Hornets247 last month:
    http://www.hornets247.com/blog/2009/01/12/remembering-bobby-phills