Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
NBA Seasons: 12
NBA Titles: 5
1987 NBA Defensive Player of the Year
Michael Cooper has become accustomed to winning championships wherever he goes in the world of basketball, so he hopes to bring that reputation to his new role as coach of 3’s Company. Cooper is the only person in the world to win a championship as a player or coach in the NBA, WNBA and NBA D-League. Of course, the NBA titles – all five of them – came as a pivotal member of the Los Angeles Lakers’ “Showtime teams of the ‘80s. One of the league’s best defenders, Cooper was a five-time NBA All-Defensive Team player and the 1987 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Hall of Famer Larry Bird once called Cooper the best defender he ever faced.
Following his playing career, Cooper made a successful transition to coaching – where he won back-to-back titles with the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA and then led the Albuquerque Thunderbirds to the NBA Developmental League championship.