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Sharife Cooper
Sharife Cooper
Position: G
Born: 06/11/01
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:160 lbs. / 72.6 kg.
Salary: $462,629
Trae Young is obviously the star of the team. You play the same position as him. There are other veterans ahead of you. How do you think you’ll handle the fact that minutes might be difficult to come by? Sharife Cooper: Well, Trae is my teammate and I never want to look like I’m trying to just take something from him. I’m definitely going to compete when we get on that court. You don’t have to worry about that. None of the other stuff matters, but with him as my teammate, I also want to empower him and see him do the best he can possibly do. It’s going to be a competition, for sure, but I’m also not trying to bully him out of his job. It’s a business, and he’s a great player in his own right. I feel like we’ll both be able to strive together.
Let’s talk about the draft. I think I can safely assume that you didn’t expect to be drafted as late as you did. I mean, I definitely thought you were going to be selected in the first round. What was going through your mind as the picks continued to get announced and your name still hadn’t been called? Sharife Cooper: I didn’t know what was going on or what to expect or what to think. It was surprising, for sure. I wasn’t going to let it affect my attitude or let it make me feel any type of way, because I believe in who I am as a player. I already knew that wherever you get drafted, you still have to go out there and play, and that’s whether (or not) you get drafted No. 1. You can be out of the league in three or four years. No matter where I got picked or where I got drafted, it really didn’t matter to me. All I was really thinking about that night was where I was going to be so I can get started immediately.