“The doctors and staff at Emory have been tremendous, and I know I’m in good hands,” Cooper said in a release. “I’m fortunate that my condition was diagnosed early, and this episode illustrates the importance of screening and early detection.
“I know the team will be in good hands with coach [Karleen] Thompson at the helm during my absence, and I look forward to returning to the court soon.”
Cooper will undergo a surgical procedure later this week in Atlanta. Recovery is anticipated to take two weeks.
Cooper has led the Dream to a 15-6 record thus far in his first season with the franchise. He also played an important part in leading the East to a win in the All-Star Game on Saturday.
The former Los Angeles Lakers guard won five NBA championships and was a five-time NBA All-Defensive First Team player. He also won WNBA Coach of the Year in 2000 with the Los Angeles Sparks at the beginning of his tenure.