Recently, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced 14 finalists of Class of 2021 election. The list includes a couple of modern era NBA stars in Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce, Chris Webber, Tim Hardaway and Ben Wallace as well as some names from previous decades. Among them is the five-time NBA champion and five-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection Michael Cooper.
He spent his entire NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers and was a part of the LakeShow era along with Magic Johnson, who took to Twitter to express his support for Cooper’s induction in to the Hall of Fame.
“If anybody deserves to be in the NBA Hall of Fame it’s definitely Michael Cooper who had a 12-year playing career, was Defensive Player of the Year in 1987, and was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team five times, and eight All-Defensive Teams overall,” Johnson tweeted.
“In 1987, Coop hit six straight NBA three pointers in NBA Finals against the Celtics, at that time the NBA record. He was one of the most versatile players in the NBA because he could play the one through four positions. That’s why he is an NBA Hall of Famer!” he added.
The 6’5″ shooting guard retired with a career averages of 8.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.