Lakers’ Quinn Cook cites Robert Horry, Derek Fisher as major influences in taking big shots
Quinn Cook has built a reputation for not shying away from a big shot. According to him, he got this gutsy trait of his from watching two Los Angeles Lakers greats approach the game.
Cook is the latest point guard to don the Purple and Gold. He is expected to be a backup option at the point for LeBron James and Rajon Rondo, and he cannot be more excited to play for his childhood team:
"I watched every game. Every playoff, every loss, every championship."@QCook323 with @geeter3 about joining his favorite childhood franchise and learning every day from NBA veterans like LeBron, Rondo, and Jason Kidd. #Lakers pic.twitter.com/elwt4g2QUl
— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) September 11, 2019
One of the things the Lakers will value in Cook come the regular season is his determination to take the big shot. Teams will definitely smother LeBron and Anthony Davis on defense, and it will be up to the rest of the team to take that shot.
He revealed that he developed this knack of making the big shot after Derek Fisher and Robert Horry. Christian Rivas of Silver Screen & Roll quoted Cook:
“I grew up watching Robert Horry hit big shots, Derek Fisher hit tremendous shots against Orlando in the Finals, Boston in the Finals, obviously the 0.4 shot. That’s what I always live for and something as a player, that’s why you come in early and stay late just for moments like that.”
Cook didn’t choose the wrong role models for the job. Horry is known throughout the league as Big Shot Bob and is best remembered for the dagger he sank in the hearts of Sacramento Kings fans:
Meanwhile, Derek Fisher has been a consistent performer for the Lakers over the years. His 0.4-second shot to give the Lakers a 3-2 series advantage over the San Antonio Spurs is the stuff of legend:
Cook took those traits and added them to his game, something Steve Kerr appreciated from the former Blue Devil. This time, the Lakers will be thanking their former players if Cook wins them some crucial games.