Quinn Cook is living his best life right now. He fought his way into the league, won an NBA Championship, and will now play side by side with LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers, the team he grew up rooting for.
Cook has made a name for himself for being an easy-going teammate who’s got a lot of jokes, but he’s not that known outside of the basketball court.
Hence, it wouldn’t be crazy to think an outsider may confuse him with another famous basketball player, especially if they’re not precisely lucid at the time.
That’s why, according to NBA insider Steve Kyler, Cook made the most of his looks and heights to mess with a drunk nurse that came across him during the Draft combine interview in 2015, telling her he was Derrick Rose.
My best Quinn Cook story was at the draft combine, we're in the lobby and a drunk nurse from a convention comes up to him and says "are you a basketball player?" he says yes, she says I get a picture… "what's your name", without missing a beat he says "Derrick Rose" and smiles. https://t.co/1W87YYuHLG
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) September 25, 2019
“My best Quinn Cook story was at the draft combine, we’re in the lobby and a drunk nurse from a convention comes up to him and says “are you a basketball player?” he says yes, she says I get a picture… “what’s your name”, without missing a beat he says “Derrick Rose” and smiles,” Steve Kyler wrote on his Twitter account.
While Cook ended up going undrafted, Derrick Rose was already considered one of the league’s biggest superstars, and truth to be told, there’s a certain resemblance between both of them.
Now, Cook and Rose’s roles aren’t going to be that different after all, as both of them will be asked to run their team’s offense off the bench as their scoring sparks of the second unit.
On a side note, it’s pretty crazy to think that Quinn Cook actually won an NBA Championship before Derrick Rose did, so maybe, next time a drunk nurse comes his way, he’ll smile and won’t pretend to be anybody else.