Cooper on his way to being the Lightning’s best coach

by Gary Shelton on May 21, 2015 · 0 comments

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Cooper celebrates his second series win in the playoffs/JEFFREY S. KING

Cooper celebrates his second series win in the playoffs/JEFFREY S. KING

Thursday, 11:10 a.m.

As a group, they have been smart, committed, passionate.

John Tortorella won a cup. Guy Bouchard got to the doorstep. Terry Crisp made the playoffs with impossible speed. Jacques Demers had to put up with both Takashi Okubo and Art Williams.

But above all of them, Jon Cooper is the coach I'd most like to play for.

And it isn't close.

He is calm. He is cerebral. He is a chess master, quietly making his adjustments without sacrificing his reason. He is Tony Dungy. He is Joe Maddon.

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