Lakers News: Michael Cooper Diagnosed With Early-Stage Tongue Cancer Reviewed by Momizat on . Please enable Javascript to watch this video As a key part of the Showtime Lakers, Michael Cooper helped the team win five titles. Currently, he works for the W Please enable Javascript to watch this video As a key part of the Showtime Lakers, Michael Cooper helped the team win five titles. Currently, he works for the W Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Michael Cooper Diagnosed With Early-Stage Tongue Cancer

As a key part of the Showtime Lakers, Michael Cooper helped the team win five titles. Currently, he works for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream as their head coach. Unfortunately, the former Laker has been diagnosed with early-stage tongue cancer and will need to take a leave of absence from the team.

According to a statement released through the Dream, Cooper is optimistic about his condition and trusts those in charge:

The doctors and staff at Emory have been tremendous, and I know I’m in good hands. I’m fortunate that my condition was diagnosed early, and this episode illustrates the importance of screening and early detection.

The team also announced Cooper will under go treatment and could be back soon:

Cooper will undergo a surgical procedure this week at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta. Typical recovery time for the procedure is two weeks. A full recovery is anticipated following the surgical procedure.

Cooper was drafted by the Lakers in the 1978 Draft and spent his entire NBA career in Los Angeles. While playing for the Lakers, Cooper was highly regarded for his defense often being assigned the opposing team’s best shooter.

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After his retirement, he took up coaching having served as an assistant for the Lakers as well as head coach for the Los Angeles Sparks and the USC Women’s basketball team. With the Sparks, he won the NBA Coach of the Year award in 2000 and followed up by leading the team to two WNBA Championships in 2001 and 2002.

This season is Cooper’s first with the Dream and has them atop the Eastern Conference with a record of 15-6. In his absence, Dream assistant Karleen Thompson will take over coaching duties.
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  • Daniel

    Coooooop, Coooooop, Cooooop. God Bless you Coop. from a fan for 30+ years

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  • Jim213

    Good health and a speedy recovery to the #secretaryofdefense

  • Redemption4LA

    Coop will put a loop around this life obstacle and be back better than ever..put the defensive clamp on that cancer n take care Coop

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    Hope you over come your tongue cancer Coop God Bless I know you will beat it with your great defensive spirit luv ya #21

    • Chrmngblly

      Coop is among the all-time Laker Greats in my eyes. Truly our defensive stopper and sixth-man extraordinaire. All the best.

      • truth24

        You must be a virgin

        • Chrmngblly

          Your mother and I were both virgins…:-)

  • CyberCosmiX

    Best wishes for a full speedy recovery to the BEST defender in NBA history – speaking of which, his is a jersey that MUST hang in Staples one day!!! It’s not a question of if, but when………..


  • Jaime

    Coop you aré great player and person, god will be with you, goo Coop!!!

  • vdogg

    thoughts and prayers, coop! you’ll beat this, buddy. all the best.

  • tinseltown

    Guess Coop liked eating that cooch, or so I guess??

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      nigga please

  • gerry

    get well soon michael cooper.

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  • Bryant T. Jordan

    My prayers are with you Coop … God’s will be done!

    Thanks for taking the time to read this post,
    Bryant T. Jordan

    Author of “Saving the Lakers: A Be the General Manager Book”

    The book that PERFECTLY PREDICTED Julius Randle being drafted by the Lakers AND LeBron James returning to Cleveland MONTHS AGO!

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