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Danny Green waited, waited, signed with Lakers

Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times on

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"Both teams are very good on paper, we have to see how it's put together," Green said. "I think it'll be something that's going to grow into something, hopefully something, that's unbelievable for the fans to watch."

Quinn Cook grew up in Washington but was raised by a father who loved the Showtime Lakers, so when Golden State rescinded its qualifying offer to the restricted free agent, it was a fortuitous turn in some way.

"I had some teams reach out and the Lakers thing came about and it was just perfect," said Cook, a 26-year-old point guard in his fourth NBA season. "Our talks went great, everything went how it was supposed to and we got it done."

Cook gained acclaim during the 2017-18 season when he took over as the Golden State Warriors' starting point guard for Stephen Curry.

"When Steph went out the year we won it, I finished the last 20 games starting and think I averaged like 18 points or something," Cook said. "Just to play at a high level, I got to play in the playoffs at a high level and contribute. That just did a lot for my confidence. Obviously this year I had some good showings in the playoffs and I had a pretty good season."

Now Cook is playing for the team he rooted for as a kid.

 

"When I was born that's really all I knew," Cook said. "When I grew up I started to really watch and understand basketball, that's when the Lakers were winning. It was definitely a great time to be a fan.

"Obviously I was all the way in D.C. but I was obsessed with the Lakers and I felt that my dad really instilled in me. I had a fun childhood rooting for the Lakers."

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