The Lakers partied like it was 2010 on Sunday night, claiming their 17th NBA championship with a Game 6 victory over LeBron James’ former team, the Miami Heat. Unfortunately, a Home Alone situation arose with Quinn Cook getting lost in the sea of confetti. It seems the Lakers, in their post-championship haste, took off without him, stranding the forgotten backup in bubble purgatory.
Like Tom Hanks in Cast Away (except with “Spalding” substituting for Wilson the volleyball), Cook was left to fend for himself at the arena while his Lakers teammates lived it up, celebrating their first title in a decade by puffing stogies and sipping bubbly on the team bus. Using his survival instincts, the shrewd 27-year-old took to social media for help, begging in the comments section of JR Smith’s Instagram Live feed (which, I should warn you, included some NSFW language) for the Lakers to come pick him up.
While “Kevin McCallister” Cook certainly comes off as a sympathetic figure here, you can understand why the Lakers may have forgotten about him. The 6’1” point guard barely saw the court during L.A.’s Finals run, logging just one minute in Sunday night’s clincher.
At least Cook can take solace in knowing he’ll soon have a second ring to add to his collection. The former Duke Blue Devil was also a member of the Golden State Warriors who, ironically enough, defeated LeBron’s Cavaliers in the 2018 championship series.
While it’s tradition for teams to celebrate winning the championship by going to Disney World, the Lakers, as noted by NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano, will have the rare distinction of leaving Disney after theirs. Let's just hope Cook doesn't get left behind at Orlando International.