His 24th birthday but a few days away, Quinn Cook knows the clock is ticking on his NBA dream.
He remains as determined as ever to make it. There will be no shortcuts, no sidetracks.
“I’m going to be in the NBA,” Cook, who turns 24 on Thursday, said without hesitation. “The NBA.”
The former Duke guard’s perseverance offered him another NBA opportunity on Sunday, when he joined the New Orleans Pelicans on a 10-day contract. He had been in training camp with the team last fall and the positive impression he left caused the team to give him another look.
The former Duke guard was also in the NBA earlier this month. He played five games for the Dallas Mavericks after they signed him to a 10-day contract.
But after scoring 10 points in a 122-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on March 7, Cook’s contract expired and the Mavericks sent him back to the NBA Development League’s Canton Charge.
The Charge brought him to North Carolina on Thursday to face the Greensboro Swarm at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex’s Fieldhouse, where a crowd of 1,368 attended.
When Cook played for Duke from 2011-15, the Blue Devils played at least one game per season across the parking lot at the larger Coliseum in front of crowds numbering 22,000 or so.
But Cook isn’t deterred by the humble surroundings. He continues to let his dream live as he fights to attain it.
“I’m still playing the game I love every day for a living so it’s cool,” Cook said. “I learned a lot in those 10 days. I got a lot of NBA experience. My confidence is at an all-time high right now.”
Cook has certainly proven his worth in the D-League, where he…
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