The Los Angeles Lakers have signed a few new players this season in addition to trading for new superstar, Anthony Davis. Those players include DeMarcus Cousins, Danny Green, and Jared Dudley to name a few. Another new player that the Lakers brought in is NBA Champion Quinn Cook, who signed with the Lakers following his two years with the Golden State Warriors.
By all indications, Cook may be the most excited out of the roster to be on the Los Angeles Lakers, as he grew up a huge fan of the team following in the footsteps of his late father. He discussed this with Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, stating that it’s a “dream come true” for him and his family while also saying that Kobe Bryant was one of his favorite players growing up in addition to Allen Iverson and LeBron James.
In regards to the Lakers, Alex Kennedy also asked Cook about how crazy it has been being a Laker, even though he hasn’t even been a part of the organization for a month. Cook had this to say about how it has been so far:
I was literally just talking about this with Kyle Kuzma! I’ve been so blessed to have played for some great teams, going to two high schools that had big fan bases – DeMatha and Oak Hill. Then, obviously, at Duke we had the best fan base in college basketball. Then, going to Golden State and being a dynasty and being champions, there was a huge following. But I’ve been a Laker for about two weeks now and this is crazy. This is the most love I’ve ever had. I’ve never had so many fans hitting me up and congratulating me. Anywhere I walk in Los Angeles, there are Laker fans! They’re all over the place! They’ve been showing me extreme love.
Cook’s compliments of Lakers fans puts into perspective how loyal and enthusiastic they are, as he seems to be saying that the experience he’s had so far as a Laker is far different than his time with the Warriors. The fact that he feels that this very limited time as a Laker has maybe been crazier than his two years with the Golden State Warriors is amazing, given that you’d expect the Warriors fans to be wild with their prolonged success, while the Lakers haven’t even made the playoffs since 2013.
He briefly discussed this regarding Lakers fans as well, saying this:
I remember when we played them two years ago and they were struggling a little bit, but they had just as many fans in Oracle as the Warriors! The Lakers fans have always stood out and, now being a part of it, I can already feel [the difference] in these two weeks.
Quinn Cook will get to see even more craziness from Lakers fans once the season starts, as the championship expectations from the fans will be through the roof.