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Michael Cooper

Born on April 15, 1956, Michael Cooper is a former American professional basketball player who currently coaches the boys' team at Culver City High School. In their showtime era, Michael Cooper and the NBA (National Basketball Association) team Los Angeles Lakers had a dream run with five championship wins together. Cooper used to play in the shooting guard position, and thanks to his skills, he was esteemed as the Defensive Player of the Year in 1987 and was selected in the NBA All-Defense Team eight times.

Michael Jerome Cooper has had a fantastic coaching career leading the Los Angeles Sparks to two WNBA (Women's National Basketball Association) championships and the Albuquerque Thunderbirds to an NBA G League championship win. Moreover, he has been involved with the developmental process for NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League teams.

Michael Cooper played professional basketball for more than a decade. He played with the Los Angeles Lakers for 12 years, alongside legends like Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Cooper, with Magic and Kareem, won 5 NBA Championships in 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988. Michael Cooper and the Lakers were such a good pairing that he was regarded among the team's top 10 all-time best players at that time.

Although Michael Cooper was not in the Hall of Fame for the National Basketball Association, his professional and coaching career speaks volumes when it comes to his talent. He coached teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets (NBA), Los Angeles Sparks, Atlanta Dream (WNBA), Albuquerque Thunderbirds (NBA G-League), USC Women of Troy Basketball Team and even the Culver City High School Basketball Team.

Even though people know of the dream run Cooper and the Lakers had, they may not be aware of his inspiring journey. At age 3, Michael got his knees severely injured, and the doctors said he might not be able to walk again, and the rest is history. Then, in 2014, he was diagnosed with tongue cancer in its early stage, had a surgical procedure and was able to recuperate, which sums up how inspiring his journey has been.

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