Brian Joshua Cook (born December 4, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who plays for Chiba Jets of the Japanese National Basketball League (NBL).
In 2004, Cook was named to the University of Illinois All-Century Team.
Cook was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He played sparingly in his rookie campaign as a backup to superstar center Shaquille O’Neal, and was mostly an interior player, notching only five three-point attempts out of 141 total field goal attempts. As his professional career evolved, however, Cook once again became a player who could play beyond the perimeter, after O’Neal moved on to the Miami Heat and Rudy Tomjanovich took over for Phil Jackson as Lakers’ head coach. He was mainly used as a three-point specialist; 199 of 422 (or 47.2%) of Cook’s field goal attempts were from behind the three-point arc. When Phil Jackson returned to coach the Lakers in 2005–06, Cook started to take less three-pointers again, which resulted in Cook improving his overall field-goal percentage from .417 in 2004–05 to .520 in 2005–06. It also resulted in an improvement in his three-point field-goal percentage, from .392 in 2004–05 to .441 in 2005–06. His improved play kept Cook on the court more as his minutes played per game rose from 15.1 in 2004–05 to 19.4 in 2005–06.
On November 20, 2007, Cook was traded, along with Maurice Evans, to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Trevor Ariza.
On February 19, 2009, Cook was traded to the Houston Rockets in a three-team trade also involving the Magic and the Memphis Grizzlies. On February 20, 2010, he was waived by the Rockets.
On July 9, 2010, Cook signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.
On March 15, 2012, Cook was traded, along with a 2015 second-round pick, to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Nick Young. On September 17, 2012, he re-signed with the Wizards. However, he was later waived by the Wizards on October 28, 2012.
In March 2013, Cook signed with Piratas de Quebradillas for the 2013 BSN season.
On September 30, 2013, Cook signed with the Utah Jazz. However, he was later waived by the Jazz on October 26, 2013.
On September 25, 2014, Cook signed with the Detroit Pistons. However, he was later waived by the Pistons on October 20, 2014. On December 28, 2014, he signed with Al-Riyadi of the Lebanese Basketball League. He left Al-Riyadi in mid-January after appearing in just three games. On February 10, 2015, he signed with Aguada of the Liga Uruguaya de Basketball, in Montevideo, Uruguay. He also managed just three games for Aguada.
On June 15, 2015, Cook signed with Chiba Jets of the Japanese National Basketball League.
Career highlights and awards
BSN champion (2013)
Second-team All-American – TSN (2003)
Third-team All-American – AP, NABC (2003)
Big Ten Player of the Year (2003)
McDonald’s All-American (1999)
Men’s basketball Competitor for United States
FIBA U21 World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2001 Saitama Team competition