The Los Angeles Lakers might not have a ton of talent at the point guard position (at least compared to the rest of the Western Conference), but they have a few big name point guards on their payroll with the likes of Rajon Rondo and Jason Kidd.
Between the both of them, Rondo and Kidd have two NBA championships, eight assist championships and 14 All-Star appearances, with Kidd accounting for 10 of them. They also hold two top-10 spots in the all-time assists per game leaderboard.
That’s not to mention LeBron James, who is currently ranked No. 10 overall on the NBA’s all-time assists leaderboard with 8,662 total assists, which, while impressive, is still roughly 3,400 less than the number of assists Kidd racked up over the course of his 19-year career. Rondo is ranked No. 18 with 61 assists separating him and Tony Parker, who announced his retirement this summer.
Suffice to say, there will be no shortage of floor general wisdom in the Lakers’ locker room next, and it seems like Quinn Cook has already sought it out.
On Thursday, third-year guard Quinn Cook sent out a tweet expressing his excitement about getting to work alongside a Hall of Fame point guard in Kidd and two potential Hall of Famers in Rondo and James:
Man I get to learn from J. Kidd, Rondo and Bron every single day! A POINT GUARD’S DREAM!! No choice but to get better and learn as much as possible! #LakeShow. RiP DAD!— Quinn Cook (@QCook323) September 5, 2019
As if that wasn’t enough, Cook spent his first two seasons in the NBA shadowing Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston with the Golden State Warriors. If Cook’s NBA career is brief, it’s safe to say it won’t be because he didn’t have the right veterans around him.
Cook will use everything he’s learned to try and compete for the Lakers’ starting point guard spot, which is wide-open going into training camp. He might not have the experience Rondo has, but he has skills that make him a more valuable player in today’s NBA.
We’ll see if he can put it all together next season.