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Michael Jerome Cooper (born April 15, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is currently the head coach of the Women's National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Sparks. He is also a former NBA player, playing his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and has coached in both the NBA and the WNBA. April 15 is the 105th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (106th in leap years). ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... The Womens National Basketball Association is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... Since their inception, the Sparks have been a focal point of the league. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ...


A junior college transfer to the University of New Mexico Lobos for two season, 1976-78, Cooper was named first team All Western Athletic Conference. His senior season the Lobos won the WAC title, with Cooper averaging 16.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. The University of New Mexico (UNM) is a public university in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ...


Drafted out of New Mexico by the Lakers in the third round of the 1978 NBA Draft (60th overall), "Coop" became an integral part of the "Showtime" Lakers teams of the 1980s with his indomitable will on the defensive end of the court. In his 12-year NBA career, he was named to eight NBA All Defensive Teams, including five First Teams. He won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1987. He, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson, was a member of five Lakers championship teams in 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988. At 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m), 174 lb (77 kg), the rail thin Cooper played shooting guard, small forward, and sometimes point guard, although his assignment was invariably the other team's best shooter at the 2 or 3 position. Larry Bird has always said that Cooper was the best defender he played against. For his career Cooper averaged 8.9 points, 4.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game. A popular player among Lakers fans, home crowds were known to chant, "Coooooooop" whenever he controlled the ball, and the Lakers sometimes ran an alley-oop play for him that was dubbed the "Coop-a-loop." The University of New Mexico (UNM) is a public university in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ... First Round 1. ... The National Basketball Associations Defensive Player of the Year Award has been handed out since 1983. ... For the football player, see Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar. ... Earvin Johnson, Jr. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... This article contains a trivia section. ...


Following his playing career, he served as Special Assistant to Lakers' general manager Jerry West for three years before joining the Lakers' coaching staff in March 1994 under Magic Johnson and later with Del Harris from 1994-97. He became an assistant coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks in 1999, and helped the team reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, with a record of 20-12. Jerry Alan West (born May 28, 1938, in Chelyan, West Virginia) is a retired basketball player who played his entire professional career in the NBAs Los Angeles Lakers. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Earvin Johnson, Jr. ... Del Harris is a former NBA coach. ... The Womens National Basketball Association is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... Since their inception, the Sparks have been a focal point of the league. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ...


He was named Sparks head coach in November 1999, and the Sparks' record skyrocketed, as they finished 28-4 in their 2000 campaign. Cooper was named the WNBA Coach of the Year for his efforts. The Sparks followed with two consecutive WNBA Championships in 2001 and 2002, but were denied a third straight WNBA title by losing to the Detroit Shock in 2003. Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... WNBA coach of the year ... WNBA Championship Trophy The WNBA Finals is the championship series of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA), played under a best-of-five playoff format. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The Detroit Shock is a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


After the Sacramento Monarchs ended the Sparks' run in the first round of the 2004 WNBA Playoffs, Cooper took a job as an assistant coach under Jeff Bzdelik with the Denver Nuggets. 24 games into the season, Bzedlik was fired, and Cooper was named the Nuggets' interim head coach. He remained interim head coach until George Karl was brought in to coach the team about a month later and served as a scout for the Nuggets the remainder of the season. The Sacramento Monarchs is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Sacramento, California. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jeff Bzdelik (April 25, 1959 – ) is a former NBA coach, who coached the Denver Nuggets for slightly over two seasons, from 2002 through 2004. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... George Matthew Karl (born May 12, 1951 in Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) and American Basketball Association (ABA) player and current head coach of the Denver Nuggets. ...


Cooper was the head coach for The Albuquerque Thunderbirds for two years (2006-2007).


On April 4, 2007, as stated on KOB-TV News, Cooper has left The Thunderbirds after coaching them to the National Basketball Association Development League Championship in 2006, and while still battling for the final playoff position this season. He will leave the Thunderbirds after their season ends.


Cooper will resume coaching in the WNBA, as the head coach of The Los Angeles Sparks.

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BassMcLendonBelmontAlbeckHannumBrownWalshMoeWestheadIsselLittlesBickerstaffMottaHanzlikD'AntoniIsselEvansBzdelikCooperKarl For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... Bob Bass is a former professional basketball coach and executive who coached in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. ... John McLendon (born April 15, 1915 in Hiawatha, Kansas, died October 8, 1999) was a former basketball coach. ... Joe Belmont (born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former American basketball player and coach. ... Stan Albeck is a former professional basketball coach. ... Alexander Murray Hannum (July 19, 1923 - January 18, 2002) was a pro basketball coach. ... Larry Brown For other people of the same name, see Larry Brown (disambiguation). ... Joseph Donald Walsh Jr. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Paul Westhead Paul Westhead (born February 21, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former basketball coach in the NBA and the NCAA. He has coached three different NBA teams, and was also the coach of the Loyola Marymount University mens basketball team during that schools era of greatest... Daniel Paul Issel ( October 25, 1948 in Batavia, Illinois) is a star basketball player. ... Eugene Scapes (Gene) Littles (born June 29, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is an American basketball player and coach. ... Bernard Tyrone Bernie Bickerstaff (born November 2, 1944 in Benham, Kentucky) is the current Head Coach and General Manager of the Charlotte Bobcats. ... John Richard Motta (b. ... William Henry (Bill) Hanzlik (born December 6, 1957 in Middletown, Ohio) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... Mike DAntoni (born May 9, 1951 in Mullens, West Virginia) is a basketball coach and former basketball player. ... Daniel Paul Issel ( October 25, 1948 in Batavia, Illinois) is a star basketball player. ... Michael (Mike) Leeroyall Evans (born April 19, 1955 in Goldsboro, North Carolina) is a former NBA player and coach. ... Jeff Bzdelik (April 25, 1959 – ) is a former NBA coach, who coached the Denver Nuggets for slightly over two seasons, from 2002 through 2004. ... George Matthew Karl (born May 12, 1951 in Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) and American Basketball Association (ABA) player and current head coach of the Denver Nuggets. ...

Preceded by
Orlando Woolridge
Los Angeles Sparks Head Coach
1999–2004
Succeeded by
Karleen Thompson
Preceded by
Jeff Bzdelik
Denver Nuggets Head Coach (interim)
2004–2005
Succeeded by
George Karl
Preceded by
Joe Bryant
Los Angeles Sparks Head Coach
2005-2007
Succeeded by
N/A

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Michael Cooper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (501 words)
Michael Jerome Cooper (born April 15, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is currently assistant coach of the NBA's Denver Nuggets, and a former NBA player who spent his entire playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Cooper was named the WNBA Coach of the Year for his efforts.
Most recently, Cooper was appointed head coach of a new NBDL team that will play in Albuquerque for the 2005-2006 season.
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