Lakers’ Quinn Cook explains how he first became close with LeBron James
Having grown up in the Washington, D.C. area, new Lakers point guard Quinn Cook had already established a relationship with Kevin Durant before the two played together for the Golden State Warriors. But Cook also has ties to one of the other megastars in the game, his new teammate: LeBron James.
In an interview with Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, Quinn Cook explained that James’ friendship with Duke University and USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski helped create a bond between himself and LeBron:
QC: I went to his camp when I was in high school. He and Coach K are extremely close even to this day, so throughout my time at Duke, he was always coming to watch us play and keeping track of how we were doing and reaching out to all of us and to Coach K. He was always very supportive of me when I was in college. Then, he was my vet when I was a rookie during my time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. When I was in Canton [with the Cavaliers’ G League affiliate], he was still a big brother to me. He came to watch me play a couple times in the G League and he stayed in contact with me. Then, anytime our teams played against each other in the NBA, we’ve always caught up and had great conversations.
As Cook alludes to, he had a roundabout journey to the NBA. He won a national title at Duke in 2015, then bounced between the NBA and the G League before earning a more permanent role as a backup point guard for the Warriors.
All the while, James kept tabs on the youngster, and now the two will look to win an NBA title together.