Dream coach Cooper has surgery for tongue cancer

Jul 26, 2014 - 5:03 AM Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Dream announced that head coach Michael Cooper had surgery for tongue cancer on Thursday.

The team said in a statement Friday that the procedure was successful and Cooper "will be back coaching soon."

Assistant Karleen Thompson has been filling in for Cooper, who the team announced Monday was diagnosed with early stage tongue cancer.

Cooper, who won five NBA titles as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers and two WNBA titles as a coach with the Los Angeles Sparks, is in his first season with Atlanta. The Dream lead the Eastern Conference with a 15-7 record.

  • jimmyjake Helping to gel this group of excellent individuals to play successfully as a team has been Coach Cooper's legacy here in Atlanta in only his first year! Here's to hoping that beating this cancer becomes an even greater accomplishment and his health stays strong. We need you, but getting well is way more important; fight the good fight and you'll always be a winner...

    Dream coach Cooper has surgery for tongue cancerJul 28 12:18 AM