Lakerjones wrote:The one guy who I would love to see up there who isn't currently or soon to be ala Shaq, is Coop!! Not going to happen, but I can dream. He was always a Laker for his entire career, too, which I think strengthens the argument. Byron would be nice but I don't think that would ever happen. But Coop was just such a big part of the Showtime success.
It took getting elected to the HOF to get Goodrich's number retired and though his time with the Lakers lasted only 5 years, he was a far more important contributor than Cooper. For instance, he was the Lakers' leading scorer 4 years in a row beginning with the 72 title team. He made the All-Star team 5 years in a row and was First Team All-NBA in 1974.
So as great a role player as Cooper was for so many years, he was never a regular starter, scoring was a small part of his game and he was there for his defense. In Scott's case, though he was a starter most of the time and he did once lead the Lakers in scoring, he was still well behind the Big 3 of Kareem, Magic and Worthy.
So unless either Cooper or Scott get the Hall nod, their numbers aren't getting retired.