NBA star Larry Nance Jr names Leeds United captain Liam Cooper as his favorite player at the club.
The New Orleans Pelicans forward said he admires Cooper’s mentality. The 30-year-old NBA star is an investor in the 49ers Enterprises who bought majority stake in Leeds this summer. The group includes Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps and fellow NBA star Russell Westbrook.
Nance is a big fan of Cooper’s leadership style after reports that the captain gave a rousing speech after relegation last season.”
“If I had to pick a favourite player it would probably be Liam Cooper.” he said speaking on the Leeds That podcast.
“At the moment, I think that’s a leader right there. In my eyes, that’s a true captain and a leader and the fact that everything, what sealed it was how he handled this window and last year.
“Obviously the quote that came out, I’m not going to repeat it, but I just love everything about it because it is true. Either you’re with us or you’re not with us. Make the decision and we’ll rock with what we’ve got in the locker room.”
“Even v Cardiff where he sacrificed his body. Got up to win the big header to put us back 2-1, and then sacrificing his body doing it and now he’s out for a little bit. I just think that’s a true warrior’s captain and hopefully next time I get over there I’d love to get a shirt signed from him and put it up on my wall.
“He’s my favourite player.”
Cooper is expected to be out for around eight weeks with a foot injury he got after scoring in Leeds 2-2 draw with Cardiff City.