December 21, 2010 |
Big men, suddenly, are in extremely short supply around here. Two games on consecutive nights took out two Clippers forwards on their recent trip and the news regarding both players was not encouraging Tuesday. Craig Smith (herniated disk) and Brian Cook (sprained right ankle) won't be back until next month, and Smith's longer-term availability will depend on how he responds to the epidural he received Tuesday. "We're going to have to find a way to weather the storm here for the next couple of weeks," Clipper coach Vinny Del Negro said, not aiming for a clever weather-related line.
November 24, 2010 |
Brian Cook, slowly but surely, is starting to redefine those nettlesome three initials feared by NBA players. DNP. Did Not Play vanished from Cook's game log, starting on the Clippers' last trip to the Midwest, turning into 19 minutes and his season-high 11 points at Indiana. Since then, there were nearly 22 minutes at home against the New York Knicks and 11-plus more (and a bench-pleasing dunk) in Monday's win against New Orleans. "I have kids now," Cook said after practice Wednesday.
December 7, 2006 |
Brian Cook was back on the bench, a spot of good news for him in an otherwise rocky few weeks. He has fought off an upper respiratory tract infection and dealt with a brief bout of vertigo that left him clinging to the walls of the team training facility, wondering what was happening to him. But even before that, his playing time had been almost halved. Cook, 26, signed a three-year, $10.5-million contract extension Oct. 31, but other numbers haven't been as comforting for him.
October 31, 2005 |
The Lakers are expected to exercise their option on forward Brian Cook today, Cook's agent said Sunday, a move that would keep the third-year forward under contract through the 2006-07 season. Cook, picked 24th by the Lakers in the 2003 draft, has averaged 5.7 points through two seasons and will be one of the first post players off the bench for Coach Phil Jackson. He will make $1.8 million next season. "It appears they're going to pick up the option," said Mark Bartelstein, Cook's agent.
September 22, 2003 |
What: "Brian Cook: An Illini Legend." Author: Mark Tupper. Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC. Price: $5.95. * Brian Cook appears to be a step ahead of most NBA players. The Lakers' first-round draft pick already has had a book written about him. Granted, it's not a big book -- it's only a 96-page paperback. But it's still a book. So why does this young man warrant a biography?
July 20, 2003 |
Expressionless, Mitch Kupchak looked on from the Long Beach State stands July 16 as the summer-league Lakers played the Warriors. Then Luke Walton, the Lakers' second-round draft pick, intercepted a Mike Dunleavy pass, put the ball on the court and began a fastbreak the other way. "Six-eight like that, versatile," the Laker general manager blurted, sitting up in his seat and offering a moment of unprompted exclamation.