For most people, Quinn Cook wasn’t the focus as the Golden State Warriors won the 2018 NBA championship, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 to claim the trophy.
For us though, as much as we admired the brilliant run the Warriors had in the finals, getting better game by game, our focus was on Cook.
He’s one a relatively small number of guys who have won both NBA and NCAA championships. As a matter of fact, we’re pretty sure he’s the only guy in this year’s finals, on either team, who can say that. We’re pretty sure that not a single All-Star from this team can say that either.
After the game, Steve Kerr was hugging his players. He turned to Cook, embraced him and said “so happy for you. You helped us get here, don’t ever forget that. You helped us win playoff games. You earned your spot in the NBA.”
Cook punctuated each sentence with “yes sir.” We can almost guarantee that he’s the only Warrior who did that.
He joins Jeff Mullins, Danny Ferry, Shane Battier and Kyrie Irving as Duke players who won NBA rings, but only he and Battier won NCAA and NBA titles. Next year he might match Battier’s two won with the Miami Heat.
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