Michael Cooper Rumors
Upon being drafted, the Jheri-curled Green, 21, was thrown to the wolves. And his randy teammates did whatever they could to tempt him. “We’d say, ‘A.C., come on, go out with us,’ and he’d say, ‘No, I won’t go out with you guys but I’ll pray for you guys,’” says a chuckling Michael Cooper, Green’s teammate, in the film. “We joked about how long it would last before he had sex,” adds teammate James Worthy. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar remembers how Green would carry a Bible around with him at all times.
Cooper did not think much of the workout entering the gym. West had requested it, telling Cooper that he wanted to see how a high school kid named Kobe would fare against him. Cooper learned that Bryant was actually Joe Bryant’s son only a couple of hours before squaring off against him. Cooper and Joe Bryant had matched up before in games. “I almost had a flashback,” Cooper said. “Now, if I would have done that, it would have been a different thing.” He arrived at a dark gym, almost gloomy. No matter. Bryant lit Cooper up. They spent nearly the whole session playing one-on-one. Cooper played defense the bulk of the time. He tried using his physicality over Bryant. Bryant scored at will. He unleashed a full repertoire of fadeaway jump shots and drives to the baskets with reverse layups and dunks.
Still, Cooper said it’s difficult to assess Scott’s job performance “because I’ve known him so long.” “For the people that are criticizing him, shame on you,” Cooper said. “But it comes with that territory. You look at the players, they’re young and this and that. But after a while you have to start looking at the coach. That’s usually what happens.”
“How would I stop Steph? Same way I stopped his daddy,” needles the 59-year-old Michael Cooper, the spidery 6-foot-5, 170-pound defensive specialist who won five NBA titles as a guard with Magic Johnson’s Showtime Lakers.
“Ooooh — Coop said that? Allll-righty then! Well, you tell Coop Steph is a different player than his daddy was,” laughs the 44-year-old Bruce Bowen, who, as a San Antonio small forward, was voted onto the NBA all-defensive first team five times and won three titles
15 Feb 15