Michael Cooper has been voted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

During the 1980s, the Los Angeles Lakers were filled to the brim with big-time stars. Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar got much of the credit, but they also couldn’t have been as successful as they were without men such as Jamaal Wilkes, Norm Nixon, Bob McAdoo, James Worthy or Byron Scott, just to name a few players.

Michael Cooper never made an All-Star game, but he was arguably as integral to those Showtime Lakers as anyone not named Johnson or Abdul-Jabbar. He played several different positions and roles in 12 seasons with L.A., and he was one of the greatest defenders ever, not to mention an excellent 3-point shooter and a very serviceable facilitator.

Since retiring from the NBA in 1990, Cooper has been a head coach at several different levels for multiple teams. He has been nominated for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame multiple times, and on Thursday, he finally got voted in.

His Showtime brothers took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to congratulate him.

Cooper was on all five NBA championship teams the Lakers boasted during the Showtime era. Since then, he has won titles as a coach with the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and the G League’s Albuquerque Thunderbirds.

Story originally appeared on LeBron Wire