TFD: Lakers GM reportedly says Wesley Johnson has potential to be like Michael Cooper

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • July 18, 2013 - 5:52 PM

The Lakers introduced ex-Wolves No. 4 overall pick Wesley Johnson today. Johnson was a nice guy when he was here, and he showed some promise as a rookie. Then Year 2 was a disaster, he went to Phoenix where things didn't get a whole lot better, and now he's trying to redeem himself.

No ill will to Wesley. Maybe it works out for him. He said all the right things today, and Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak had fairly basic quotes here.

But there was a tweet from Mike Trudell, who works for (and used to work for the Wolves) that really caught our eye:


If you're scoring at home, that's the Cooper who was a lockdown defender and key cog for the ultra-successful Showtime Lakers of the 1980s. Or the Ariza who started 20 games and was a key role player for the 2008-09 championship Lakers.

Maaaaaaaaaaaybe Johnson can develop into something like that. But we honestly doubt it. More than likely, Wes will not be manna from heaven.

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