News — 02 May 2020

Born and raised in Los Angeles, a product of Pasadena High School, Pasadena City College, then to University of New Mexico, where Michael Cooper would eventually be drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Cooper was NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1987 and 5-time NBA All-Defensive First Team. 5x NBA champion. Hall of Famer Larry Bird called Michael Cooper the toughest defender he ever faced. As a coach, he is a 2x WNBA Champion and WNBA Coach of the Year. In fact, it was Lakers former GM Jerry West who chose Michael Cooper to come out of retirement and play one-on-one with a then 17-year-old kid who the Lakers had their eye on…one Kobe Bean Bryant and see what he had to offer.

Cooper is the only person to win a championship, as either a coach or a player, in the NBA, WNBA, and the NBA D-League and now he’s taking all of that rich wisdom to his new podcast, appropriately titled, ‘The Showtime Podcast with Coop’



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