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July 29, 2014 Updates
July 21, 2014 Updates

Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper has early-stage tongue cancer and has taken a leave from the WNBA team. Cooper will have surgery this week at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta, and a full recovery is expected, the Dream said Monday. The 58-year-old coach is expected to miss about two weeks, with assistant coach Karleen Thompson filling in. Atlanta plays at Minnesota on Tuesday. "I'm fortunate that my condition was diagnosed early, and this episode illustrates the importance of screening and early detection," Cooper said. "I know the team will be in good hands with Coach Thompson at the helm during my absence, and I look forward to returning to the court soon." ESPN.com

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March 2, 2014 Updates

Lastly Wanda—Michael Cooper’s ex-wife. Throughout the early stages of the book, people repeatedly asked, “Have you talked to Wanda? Have you talked to Wanda?” When I finally tracked her down, I understood. Wanda Cooper is one of the most unique and special people I’ve ever met. She’s from New Mexico, but she’s blunt like a New Yorker. No shield, no bullshit. I’ll give you a great example. There’s a quote in the book that makes me laugh every time. A reporter asks a wife whether she worries about her husband fooling around on the road. And her response is, “One less blowjob I have to give at home.” I knew Wanda had said it, but identifying her (in that case) wasn’t necessary, and I certainly didn’t want to humiliate her. Well, a few weeks ago I asked Wanda, via IM, whether she would have been offended or angry had I attached her to it. Her exact response: “I love that quote & would not have minded ownership.” Says it all. The Big Lead

December 3, 2013 Updates

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili played in their 469th regular-season win for the Spurs on Monday, giving them the third-highest total for any trio of teammates in NBA history. The Spurs' big three had been tied with Bill Russell, K.C. Jones and Sam Jones (468 for Boston). The two higher totals were by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish for the Celtics (540); and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper for the Lakers (490). ESPN.com

November 21, 2013 Updates

The Atlanta Dream have named former NBA player and WNBA champion coach Michael Cooper as their new coach. Cooper takes over for Fred Williams, who was relieved of his duties after Atlanta was swept by Minnesota in the WNBA Finals. Macon Telegraph

November 1, 2012 Updates

Surveying the NBA landscape, Michael Cooper provided a bold prediction. "The Lakers are about to win the championship four years in a row," Cooper said in a phone interview. Cooper, who played for the Lakers from 1978-90, laughed when reminded that former Lakers coach Pat Riley guaranteed a Lakers' repeat during the 1987 NBA championship parade. One year later, Riley appeared clairvoyant. Long Beach Press-Telegram

October 4, 2011 Updates

The red carpet was more like a Lakers reunion Monday night at the launch of NBA 2K12 in West Los Angeles. Magic Johnson, cover boy for the latest 2K Sports video game, was joined by Lakers General manager Mitch Kupchak, former GM and player Jerry West, Lakers great Michael Cooper and new coach Mike Brown at the Best Buy parking lot where fans waited for the game to go on sale. "It blew me away," Johnson said about being featured on one of three covers. "Any time you can be on the cover, especially because I played a long time ago, you have to feel good about that." Larry Bird and Michael Jordan are the other two NBA greats who have the image on the new game that also features 15 legendary players, such as West and Cooper. Orange County Register

May 27, 2011 Updates

MT: Who were some of the other more notable tough guys you’ve had in your 27 years as the team’s trainer? Vitti: Derek Fisher. Michael Cooper. A.C. Green. All Iron Men. These guys were tough, man, they played no matter what. And there were a lot of guys, so you hate to single guys out. But I’ll tell you who was a tough kid: Chris Mihm. As bad as his situation was, that kid went out and tried. NBA.com

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