HoopsHype Brian Cook rumors


September 19, 2012 Updates

Cook received interest from “three or four other teams,” Bartlestein said, “but he really felt good about the way things finished up with the Wizards. He really enjoyed playing for [Coach Randy Wittman] and with the guys on the team and they kind of expressed the same thing to him. And as we were looking at different things, he wanted to go back. He had a comfort level. He’s back and hopefully, it will work out great.” Washington Post

Cook had hoped to return to the playoffs last season after not making an appearance since 2009, but he described his six-week run with the Wizards as gratifying in spite of its shortcomings. “I don’t think we’ll ever forget it. We had a lot of guys that came in, 10-day guys that came in and we all knew our strengths and weaknesses, and we just tried to play hard and play the right way. That’s by sharing the ball and being a great team,” Cook said after the season. “I had a great month and a half here. These guys, they’re all really good guys. They’re all competitors. They all competed, and hopefully I’ll see them again sometime soon.” Washington Post

September 14, 2012 Updates

The Wizards hope to hear back from Cook by next week, with training camp set to begin at George Mason on Oct. 2, and a source close to Cook said an agreement on a non- guaranteed deal could be reached by later this afternoon. Washington Post

August 15, 2012 Updates

Brian Cook, the former McDonald’s All-American from Lincoln, isn’t ready to call it a career. Traded late last season from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Washington Wizards, Cook saw his contract expire at the end of the season. A former Big Ten Conference Silver Basketball recipient as the league’s MVP in 2003, Cook said he’s got plenty of game left. “I can still run, jump and shoot,’’ Cook said. “I can play four or five years, then a few years overseas. It’s all about keeping your body in shape, keeping your mind in shape, being ready for the next opportunity you get.’’ Several teams have shown interest, Cook said. For a 31-year-old married father of three, Cook knows he’s entered the twilight of his career, and he’s already looking toward a career in coaching at the professional level. “That fits my personality,’’ he said. “I’ve got a big basketball IQ.’’ Lincoln Courier

April 5, 2012 Updates

Cook had considered a buyout when he first arrived in Washington, but he has embraced the change, since he is getting more of an opportunity to contribute with the Wizards’ front court depleted and currently dismissed (Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis aren’t traveling with the team as they deal with injuries). His wife and kids have also joined him in the District. “I like it a lot,” Cook said of Washington. “My family is out here now with me, touring around the city, seeing all the tourist attractions.” Washington Post

March 21, 2012 Updates

Before Brian Cook joined the Wizards in Memphis, the veteran big man considered seeking a buyout in order to join a playoff team. The Wizards were even willing to accommodate his desires if Cook was able to find a spot elsewhere, with the team planning to give more minutes to its younger players. But Cook’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said this week that his client doesn’t plan to actively pursue a buyout by Friday’s deadline for the rest of his $1.3 million salary. According to a league source, the Wizards haven’t had any discussions with Cook or his representatives about a buyout. “He likes it there,” Bartelstein said. Washington Post

“I think you just be positive,” Cook said. “Just be positive and I know Nene’s a positive guy. I’m a positive guy and we’ve both had ups and downs in this league, and just being positive and having the heart to fight on another day. I think that’s what these guys need right now. They’re young, they’ve had a losing season and every time you go out there you’ve got to fight.” “It’s a crazy business. I like Ernie [Grunfeld]. I like the coaching staff here. Right now I’m a Washington Wizard and it’ll be good,” Cook said. Washington Post

March 17, 2012 Updates
March 16, 2012 Updates

President Ernie Grunfeld completed a three-team trade with Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers that yielded Nene, Brian Cook and a second round in 2015. But before they embraced the change, the Wizards players were feeling a little sentimental after losing three teammates and friends at the trade deadline. “I’m going to miss them. They are my teammates, they are my friends. I grew up with them,” Blatche said of Young and McGee, who had spent their entire careers playing with Blatche. “We’re going to stay in contact. It’s just the business. It’s not my first time something like this happened. Makes it more easy for me to adjust.” Washington Post

March 15, 2012 Updates
August 31, 2011 Updates

The Los Angeles Clippers won’t let the lockout interrupt their development. Last week, the young team held a minicamp in Los Angeles that lasted four days and included ten players. Blake Griffin and Mo Williams organized the workouts. Eric Gordon, Eric Bledsoe, DeAndre Jordan, Randy Foye, Ryan Gomes, Trey Thompkins, Travis Leslie, and Brian Cook were among the players in attendance. The players worked out for several hours each day and then spent time together off the court once the training sessions concluded. The team is improving their chemistry on and off the floor, and the workouts gave the two rookies, Thompkins and Leslie, an opportunity to meet their new teammates. HoopsWorld

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