April 28, 2020

Quinn Cook's mom Janet Cook

Quinn Cook's mom Janet Cook

At age 3, he started playing organized basketball. By five he was playing in the AAU. At age 14, his number one fan - his dad - died tragically and for Los Angeles Lakers Point Guard Quinn Cook, making it to the NBA was not just a victory for him but...


At age 3, he started playing organized basketball. By five he was playing in the AAU. At age 14, his number one fan - his dad - died tragically and for Los Angeles Lakers Point Guard Quinn Cook, making it to the NBA was not just a victory for him but also for his father. Wendy is joined by Quinn’s mom, Janet Cook and together they explore the impact of the loss and how basketball saved Quinn and his family.

From playing for a championship team at Duke, through the many ups and downs that followed after he went un-drafted, Wendy and Janet talk about what it was like for Quinn in the G-league, the offer of a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors, the unbelievable experience of winning an NBA championship and then signing with his father’s favourite team, the Los Angeles Lakers, a dream come true for Quinn.

“He’s a young man, a child of God, who plays basketball - he’s not a basketball player”. Telling his story and being a motivation to young players is important to Quinn and what Janet believes will carry him into a promising and exciting future after basketball. His “Cook Book - The Ten Recipes of Success” is just one example of who he is and Janet tells us the inspiration behind its creation and the special meaning of the launch date in August. Quinn Cook’s story is extraordinary and shows us how one can make meaning out of unspeakable loss.