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Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper

Michael Jerome Cooper (born April 15, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is currently the head coach of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds basketball team of the NBA Development League. 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.

A junior college transfer to the University of New Mexico Lobos for two season, 1976-78, Cooper was named first team All Western Athletic Conference. His senior season the Lobos won the WAC title, with Cooper averaging 16.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.

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 (1.83 m), 174 lb (77 kg), the rail thin Cooper played shooting guard, small forward, and sometimes point guard, although his assignment was invariably the other team's best shooter at the 2 or 3 position. Larry Bird has always said that Cooper was the best defender he played against. 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."

Following his playing career, he served as Special Assistant to Lakers' general manager Jerry West for three years before joining the Lakers' coaching staff in March 1994 under Magic Johnson and later with Del Harris from 1994-97. He became an assistant coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks in 1999, and helped the team reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, with a record of 20-12.

He was named Sparks head coach in November 1999, and the Sparks' record skyrocketed, as they finished 28-4 in their 2000 campaign. Cooper was named the WNBA Coach of the Year for his efforts. The Sparks followed with two consecutive WNBA Championships in 2001 and 2002, but were denied a third straight WNBA title by losing to the Detroit Shock in 2003.

After the Sacramento Monarchs ended the Sparks' run in the first round of the 2004 WNBA Playoffs, Cooper took a job as an assistant coach under Jeff Bzdelik with the Denver Nuggets. 24 games into the season, Bzedlik was fired, and Cooper was named the Nuggets' interim head coach. He remained interim head coach until George Karl was brought in to coach the team about a month later and served as a scout for the Nuggets the remainder of the season.

Most recently, Cooper coached his Thunderbird team to the 2006 championship of the NBA Development League.

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Nash scores 23 to lead Suns over Lakers (AP via Yahoo! News) Since getting Steve Nash back in the lineup, the Phoenix Suns are surging. The revamped Philadelphia 76ers have improved since getting rid of a couple of big-name players. Nash scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half — including two free throws with 5.4 seconds to play — and the Phoenix Suns held on to beat the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 99-94 on Sunday.

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Suns hold on against undermanned Lakers (AP via Yahoo! News) The Phoenix Suns usually sprint to victory. With their "mojo" severely lacking Sunday, they staggered to one. Steve Nash scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half — including two free throws with 5.4 seconds to play — and the Suns held on to beat the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 99-94.

Marion returns as Suns down depleted Lakers (AFP via Yahoo! News) Shawn Marion returned after a two-game absence on Sunday and helped the Phoenix Suns hold off the Los Angeles Lakers for a 99-94 National Basketball Association victory.

Suns' 3rd-quarter spurt fuels win over Kobe's Lakers (Sports Illustrated) Steve Nash scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half -- including two free throws with 5.4 seconds to play, and the Phoenix Suns held on to beat the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 99-94 on Sunday.

Shoulder injury sidelines Lakers forward Odom (AFP via Yahoo! News) Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom will be sidelined indefinitely with a left shoulder injury, a US newspaper reported Saturday.

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