Matchup: Lakers @ 76ers
Goat: Michael Cooper
Career Years: 1978-90
Career Stats: 873 G, 8.9 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.6 BPG
You know this is an iconic dunk when this is simply a 1983 regular season game against the Lakers. Dr. J was a revolutionary player and plays like this are how he grew his legend. Michael Cooper seemed to realize as soon as he jumped that he made the wrong decision, and decided right away to duck for cover. According to Cooper, he does get a check based off of this piece on ESPN.
But Cooper repeated his claim later in the evening while emceeing the event. He joked with the crowd, saying I tried to clown him. He recounted our exchange, saying that he receives $1,500 every time it airs.
Michael Cooper played his entire career with the Lakers before becoming an assistant coach in the NBA for the Lakers and Denver Nuggets, and a head coach in the WNBA for the Los Angeles Sparks.