Michael Cooper Speaker Profile
Won Five NBA Titles With Los Angeles Lakers
Michael Cooper Biography
Michael Cooper was born April 15, 1956 in Los Angeles, California and is currently the head coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. He is also a former NBA player, playing his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and has coached in both the NBA and the WNBA.
Drafted out of New Mexico by the Lakers in the third round of the 1978 NBA Draft (60th overall), "Coop" became an integral part of the "Showtime" Lakers teams of the 1980s with his indomitable will on the defensive end of the court. In his 12-year NBA career, he was named to eight NBA All Defensive Teams, including five First Teams. He won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1987. He, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson, was a member of five Lakers championship teams in 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988.
At 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m), 174 lb (77 kg), the rail thin Cooper played shooting guard, small forward, and point guard, although his defensive assignment was invariably the other team's best shooter at the 2 or 3 position. For his career Cooper averaged 8.9 points, 4.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game. A popular player among Lakers fans, home crowds were known to chant, "Coooooooop" whenever he controlled the ball, and the Lakers sometimes ran an alley-oop play for him that was dubbed the "Coop-a-loop." Leaving the team after the 1989-90 season, he was ranked among the club's all-time top 10 in three-point field goals (378), games played (793), total minutes played (21,784), steals (966), blocked shots (487), assists (3,451), defensive rebounds (1,860), offensive rebounds (682) and free throw percentage (.829).
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Posted on 8 December 2015 | 3:09 am
WNBA’s Atlanta Dream Head Coach and Former Laker Michael Cooper returned to the Flathead Reservation in western Montana to meet and greet fans of all ages at the Sports Page bowling alley on October 18. He has been to Flathead Reservation several times over the years and has a particular soft spot in his heart for its people, whom he feels has impacted him so much since the very first...[Read More]
Posted on 29 July 2013 | 5:11 pm
Basketball legend Michael Cooper will be lacing up his basketball shoes to host a basketball camp at Joe McDonald Gym on the campus of Salish Kootenai College in Pablo. The camp, which is for all grades 3-12 and costs $125, will run all three days from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., with lunches provided for each camper. Walk up registration is encouraged. Cooper will be teaching all three...[Read More]
Posted on 17 May 2013 | 10:56 pm
Former Los Angeles Laker Michael Cooper is scheduled to hold a basketball camp at Salish Kootenai College Joe McDonald Athletic Center this summer.The Michael Cooper Basketball Camp will be July 31 – August; and immediately following another camp will be held in Browning from August 3 – 4. The camp is open to ages eight to 18 for both boys and girls. Cooper’s philosophy for the...[Read More]
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