Saturday, Feb. 14


Former LCHS Railer, now NBA LA Lakers all-star Brian Cook honored

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[FEB. 14, 2004]  Students and fans attending last night's Railers game were buzzing with excitement.  It was a special night with a special guest. Lincoln's favorite basketball star Brian Cook was there..
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Before a packed house, Lincoln coach Neil Alexander thanked Cook for all the years together. In a brief ceremony between last night's sophomore and varsity games, Alexander retired Cook's jersey, No. 34, which is now framed and on display in the LCHS trophy case.

Cook, thanking Alexander in kind, presented an LA Lakers jersey to be put on display in the trophy case also. Cook thanked the coach and everyone from the community for all the support he had throughout his high school and college career.

Graduating from the University of Illinois last May, Cook fulfilled a dream to enter the NBA draft. He was first pick by LA Lakers and 24th pick in the NBA draft last spring.

During a press conference before the ceremony, Cook answered questions on how things have been going in his new career. He said he is disappointed that he has gotten hurt. He broke a finger a couple of weeks before the opening of the season and was out the first several games. He now has a broken little finger on his other hand.

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Between the injuries Cook has gotten some time in on the floor and had great success.

 The NBA has been different from college or high school. He said he has not gotten involved in the Hollywood stuff, though it would be easy enough.

 Cook said that practices and play are faster and more physical than in college ball. He likes that the practices aren't as long. To make up for the shorter practices, the new guys usually stay afterward to put in extra time to practice on their own.

 Even though his broken finger is on his writing hand, to the thrill of his fans Cook stayed and signed autographs for about a half-hour after the game.

[Jan Youngquist]

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