April 11, 2024

Michael Cooper, a legend of the Los Angeles Lakers, won five NBA Championships there. Sadly, the former professional player who is now an expert and basketball coach has received terrible news. According to a Los Angeles Times article, Mickey Cooper, Cooper’s younger brother, was shot and died early on Saturday, November 18, in a Pasadena park.

Former Lakers star’s brother is killed in a tragic shooting

Michael Cooper has childhood memories of when he and his brother would play at Washington Park in Pasadena, California. Sadly, that same park is where his brother was fatally shot.

Pasadena police responded to the scene near the Washington Park area around 4 a.m. on Saturday after the ShotSpotter sound-detection system recognized potential gunshots. By the time officials arrived, it was too late. Mickey Cooper was pronounced dead at the scene at the age of 64.

The Coopers grew up in Pasadena, primarily raised by their grandmother Ardessie Butler. The brothers grew up in a hectic household, as they lived with numerous family members. Michael Cooper shared a glimpse of the siblings’ early life as children:

“There were 18 of us scrambling around the table dinner…And if you didn’t get there in time, you didn’t get no chicken,” Cooper told the LA Times.

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Cooper would go on to become one of the Los Angeles Lakers’ most accomplished basketball players in history. Cooper not only won five titles but also the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in 1986–87.

In addition, the basketball player went on to lead the USC women’s basketball team, the Los Angeles Sparks, and the Lakers as an assistant coach.

Overall, Cooper receives support from the basketball community following the death of his close buddy and sibling Mickey.

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