One of the nicer Duke/NBA developments recently has been Quinn Cook’s carving out a niche with the Golden State Warriors.
Cook is a smallish guard by NBA standards and went undrafted out of Duke. He worked incredibly hard, made a real name for himself in the G League and kept plugging until the Warriors called.
Now he’s moved from a two-way player to a regular in the rotation and a guy the Warriors want to keep.
He’s established himself to the point where he can have options. One thing that may factor in for Cook is that in San Francisco, he’s barely middle class. In a different market, say Memphis or New Orleans, he would retain a lot more of his value.
You see guys in the league at times who have a sense of entitlement. Nothing could be further from the truth for Cook. He’s broadly liked and respected and it’s entirely down to his own character and effort.
It’s not just one of the best Duke/NBA stories. It’s really one of the best basketball stories or, if you’d like, American.
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