Skip to main content

Michael Cooper believes injury saved his career with the Lakers: "I don't think I would've been able to make the team"

As it turned out, Cooper admitted that the injury even did his career good
Los Angeles Lakers guard Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper

Typically, NBA rookies give it all they got in their debut season with their respective teams to prove they deserve those minutes. But the former Los Angeles Lakers guard Michael Cooper didn't get that chance.

Instead of learning his trade in his maiden campaign with the "Purple and Gold," Cooper incurred a major injury and had to sit almost the entire season.

Blessing in disguise

For sure, most of us think that it was very unfortunate for Coop to get hurt in his rookie season in the league. But as it turned out, the man himself admitted that the injury even did his career good.

According to Cooper, there was no chance he would've made it to that Lakers squad as the team was stacked with All-Stars and veterans. But with him sidelined, the Lakers were prompted to keep him and let him get healthy in the gym for the rest of the season.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

“I had to break in and it was very fortunate that I did get injured because I don’t think I would have been able to make the team at that time,” Cooper told OPOstories. “So that was good for me to have that injury because what I had to do then was just sit to the side… At that specific time all I did was just get healthy from the practice do a little bit of understanding what the game was about and that really helped me.”

A beautiful career

To show his gratitude to the storied franchise, Cooper spent his entire NBA career with the Lakers. In the process, he became a five-time NBA champion.

In those five championships, Coop had an array of memorable moments but the one he considers the sweetest victory of them all was the 1985 NBA Finals, the year they first beat their arch-rivals Boston Celtics.

“’85 was probably the best for me,” Cooper recalled. “I like that because it was the first time we were able to defeat the Boston Celtics and being a Laker fan, Boston was always the team we had to beat. And watching them over the years, they always beat the Lakers… With Jerry West and Elgin [Baylor], Lakers could never beat that team so that was the fun part for me, ’85.”

Despite its unusual trajectory, Copper’s NBA career still turned out to be great. It also goes to show that injuries don’t always mean the end. Sometimes, it’s the beginning of something beautiful.

Portland TrailBlazers' legends: Clyde Drexler and Damian Billard

“From that moment, I knew it was possible”- Damian Lillard on passing Clyde Drexler’s Trail Blazers scoring record

Damian Lillard is set to break Clyde Drexler's Portland Trail Blazer scoring record next season.

serge-ibaka-derek-fisher-min

Serge Ibaka shares an important lesson he learned from Derek Fisher

Ibaka is the type of player who never settles with what is in front of him. He constantly absorbs everything he feels will be beneficial for him. In the process, he became humbler and wiser

New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing

"I got aroused" — When Patrick Ewing testified in a strip club trial

Patrick Ewing admitted visiting the Atlanta strip club 10 times. His first time was in 1996 when he was in town for the Olympic Games

New York Knicks forward Latrell Sprewell

"One of the misconceptions about me is that I have this attitude problem" - Latrell Sprewell opens up about his off-court personality

Latrell Sprewell stressed that his fearless attitude on the court was far from who he was off of it.

LeBron-James-Jerry-West

Jerry West on how the Memphis Grizzlies almost picked LeBron James

Before Jerry West became general manager, the Memphis Grizzlies made a trade that hurt their chances in the 2003 NBA Draft.

Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin is not the solution to the Boston Celtics' woes

Blake Griffin is already past his prime and there's little he could do to impact the Boston Celtics' title aspirations next season.

Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden

James Harden explains why he considers himself  "one of the most unselfish players ever"

James Harden talks about the upcoming NBA season for the Philadelphia 76ers, while also opening up about his mindset and the time he spent playing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving for the Brooklyn Nets

New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul

"I'm a point guard and I'm that good" - Chris Paul's simple reply to a Hornets teammate who was baffled by his skills

Former New Orleans Hornets forward Jason Smith got an epic response from Chris Paul when he asked him how could he read the game while on the floor.