When NBA veteran Brian Cook left the NBA at age 31 in 2012 no one gave it a second thought. Throughout his 12 NBA seasons he was a vital role player for several teams, but despite the crucial role he played each night off the bench, he didn’t exactly get the goodbye tour that Derek Jeter is enjoying right now. However, he’s getting some much deserved praise now.
Recently Cook announced a comeback to the NBA after two years of being away from the game of basketball and revealed why, at age 31, he left the NBA. Here’s a hint, it wasn’t due to the fact that he could no longer compete, and it wasn’t because no team’s wanted him anymore. It was for a more selfless reason, his wife.
“My wife ha cancer, so I’ve had to be at home a little bit more the last couple of years,” said Cook. “I’m ready to get some competition back in me, so it’s been good for me to get out here and be with these younger guys, these hungry guys, because i’m hungry too. I’m trying to squeeze out a few more years.”
NBA comebacks aren’t easy, but Cook does have a strong background that could make him a positive presence in the Pistons locker room. He is a former Big Ten Player of the Year at Illinois, and also has playoff experience, contributing valuable minutes during the Orlando Magic NBA Finals run in 2009.
If there’s anyone to cheer for, it’s Cook. If there’s anyone to admire, it’s Cook. Never count him out, and keep an eye on him next season.