As Jo Lual-Acuil Jr, on an NBL gap year in China, slept, one of his former opponents franked back-to-back NBL championships into an NBA contract.
In a revealing documentary that goes behind the scenes of Melbourne United’s pre-season roster build, Lual-Acuil Jr says seeing Cooks level up fuelled his desire to return to the NBL.
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“I woke up and I saw Cooks signed for the league and I was like ‘I’m going back’,” Lual-Acuil Jr, in his return meeting with United coaches and front office, says.
“Once I saw that, I was like, ‘Yeah, this is the only way I can get there, I have to go back’.”
And what does that look like for the long-limbed, ultra-skilled 211cm giant?
“One thing Cooks did do is win, so that’s above everything else — Let’s win,” the 2021 NBL champion…