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Former L.A. Laker Visits Hi-Line

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Michael Cooper, formerly of the Los Angeles Lakers, will be in the Hi-Line through the rest of the weekend before making his way to Polson.

Cooper, who helped the Lakers win five titles during the Showtime Era, will be hosting a Basketball clinic at Rocky Boy on Friday and will visit the Volleyball game on Saturday. His visit started with a meet and greet at the Duck Inn in Havre.

Named Defensive Player of the Year in 1987, "Coop" spent his entire NBA career with the Lakers. He also held head coaching stints with the L.A. Sparks and USC Women's Basketball team. He is currently the head coach of the Atlanta Dream.

"It's always good to come back here," says Cooper. "It's a great feeling. A great vibe. In kind of takes me back to the 80s. But it's about what I'm up here for. And it's about talking to the kids and spread some of the knowledge that I've been given and hopefully it can help some of these kids."

Cooper enjoys passing on his knowledge to the next generation. One of the lessons he enjoys teaching is "Coop's Five D's," which comprise of Determination, Dedication, Desire, Discipline and Decision Making.

When asked what are some of the most common questions kids ask him, he simply laughed and said, "Can I still Dunk? No I can't. What's it like to play with Kareem? Some of them say, 'what is it like to play with Shaquille O'Neal.' I never played with Shaq since he was after me. But those are the fun ones. but the ones I enjoy the most are the ones that say, One of those D's helped me along the line, or I get a letter." 

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