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Brian Cook 34

Position: Forward
Height: 6-9
Weight: 250
College: Illinois
Birthdate: 12-4-80
Acquired: From L.A. Lakers along with Maurice Evans in exchange for Trevor Ariza on November 20, 2007.

LAST SEASON (2006-07)
Appeared in 65 games (24 starts) with the L.A. Lakers, averaging 6.9 ppg., 3.3 rpg. and 1.0 apg. in 15.7 minpg….Shot .400 (46-115) from three-point range…Played in five playoff games, averaging 3.6 ppg. and 1.2 rpg. in 10.2 minpg….Recorded four 20-plus point outings, including a season-high 26 points on Jan. 4 @ Sacramento…Led (or tied) the team in scoring once, in rebounding five times and in assists once…Had three double-doubles…Hit the game-tying three-pointer with 5.7 seconds left in regulation on Dec. 17 vs. Washington…Scored 22 points and pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds on Mar. 4 @ Phoenix…Had a career-high-tying four blocked shots on Mar. 6 @ Minnesota…On the Inactive List from Nov. 26-28 with an upper respiratory tract infection…Also on Inactive List on Dec. 4 due to vertigo…Missed six games from Mar. 15-23 and Mar. 30 due to a sprained left ankle.

Has played in 253 career NBA regular season games, all with the L.A. Lakers, averaging 6.7 ppg. and 3.2 rpg. in 16.1 minpg….Has shot .397 (160-403) from three-point range…Also appeared in 25 playoff games, averaging 3.0 ppg. and 1.6 rpg. in 7.1 minpg.…2005-06: Played in 81 games (46 starts) with the Lakers, averaging 7.9 ppg. and 3.4 rpg. in 19.0 minpg….Shot .511 (261-511) from the field and .429 (36-84) from three-point land…Appeared in seven postseason games, averaging 6.3 ppg. and 3.1 rpg. in 11.1 minpg….Led (or tied) the team in scoring twice and in rebounding once…Poured in a career-high 28 points on Feb. 7 @ Dallas…Had 27 points and 10 rebounds in career-best 42 minutes on Feb. 8 @ Houston…Dished out career-high five assists on Feb. 15 vs. Atlanta and Feb. 28 vs. Orlando…2004-05: Appeared in 72 games for the Lakers, averaging 6.4 ppg. and 3.0 rpg. in 15.1 minpg….Ranked 28th in the NBA in three-point FG percentage (.392, 78-199)…Scored in double figures 19 times, including a season-high 25 points on Nov. 30 @ Milwaukee…Led (or tied) the team in scoring once and in rebounding twice…Posted two double-doubles…Placed on the Injured List on Mar. 24 due to a sprained right hand; Activated on Apr. 3…2003-04: Played in 35 games (two starts) during his rookie campaign with the Lakers, averaging 4.4 ppg. and 2.9 rpg. in 12.6 minpg….Also played in 13 postseason contests, averaging 0.9 ppg. in 3.5 minpg….Netted first career basket on Dec. 28 vs. Boston…Led (or tied) the team in scoring once and in rebounding once.

Selected by L.A. Lakers in the first round (24th overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft…Traded by L.A. Lakers along with Maurice Evans to Orlando in exchange for Trevor Ariza (Nov. 20, 2007).

Played four seasons at the University of Illinois…Ranks third in Illinois history in scoring with 1,748 career points and fifth in rebounding with 815 boards…As a senior (2002-03), named Big Ten Player of the Year and was a unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection by both media and the coaches…Named Third Team All-America by Associated Press…Named Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player and a unanimous All-Big Ten Tournament selection…Finished as the Big Ten scoring champion, averaging 20.0 ppg. during league play and was third in the conference in rebounding…As a junior (2001-02), earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors by media and coaches…Member of the 2001 USA World Championship For Young Men team that earned a gold medal in Saitama, Japan…As a sophomore (2000-01), named to the Second Team All-Big Ten Team by the media and Third Team by coaches…Named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year by the coaches in 1999-2000.

Son of Joyce and Norman Cook…Father, Norman, played basketball for Kansas and then the Boston Celtics (1979-80)…His uncle, Joe Cook, lettered in basketball for Duke in 1988 and 1990…Has two younger sisters, Kristina and Natasha…Enjoys fishing and playing video games…Calls his mother, Joyce, the most influential person in his career “because she has done so much for me all through the years and I want to be able to give her back something someday”…Majored in sports management while at Illinois…Was an active participant in several community relations programs with the Lakers, such as “Fishing With the Lakers” and the team’s annual Thanksgiving Celebration…Served as the honorary chair for the annual HOLA Bowla bowling tournament, which benefited the Central City Athletic Association, an organization that provides inner-city youth basketball and soccer leagues for over 2,000 athletes…Founded Cook’s All-Stars in January of 2007, partnering with Character Counts! and the Lennox School District to invite students who demonstrate outstanding character to Lakers games…In July of 2007, held the first-ever Brian Cook All-Star Basketball Camp in Champaign, Illinois and in Los Angeles…Held his Third Annual Brian Cook Charity Golf Scramble in August of 2007, benefiting TALKS Mentoring and Salt & Light.