Quinn Cook has always been a winner. This trait translated from his college playing days at Duke under Coach K to the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers. But it's funny how your career can take a turn for the worse, and someone who has been in the league for five years would begin to be termed a veteran.
A rotational player doing just enough
Both his stints with the Lakers and Warriors lasted just under two years. Cook seldom started the games and was more avidly used as a rotation player in the squad who could hit some buckets from downtown and boost the efficiency of the defense.
Cook's clutch plays have come in handy for the franchises he has represented in the NBA. The Duke fans adored the PG for making similar plays during his college days. He was somewhat efficient from beyond the arc, marking his men valiantly.
Sustenance is a fearless man's game
There's a reason why people remember the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, and, in today's era, Steph Curry and Lebron James. The common factor amongst these names is consistency and the will to be the best in the game, night after night, year after year.
Quinn Cook played for the Stockton Kings, Sacramento's G League, for the major part of the 2021-22 season but now is all set for his second stint in an international league after being rumored to have signed a deal with the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Young players like Cook come into the league dreaming of becoming the best. As we all know, most don't become Hall of Famers. If they want a long career, the key is to find a role and be consistent in it. You can be a part of some amazing teams with a glittering history backing them, but if you lose focus on your priorities regarding the game, then you are bound to go down in the pecking order.