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For the first time in the league's three-year history, the trophy will not have Cynthia Cooper engraved on it. But if there was an award for Most Inspirational Player, it would go have to go to Cooper, hands down.
Cooper won the league's scoring title for the third consecutive season. She will end up as the leading scorer in the postseason. Her team, with her at the helm, may very well be on the way to its third consecutive league title.
But no eye-popping statistics can do justice or take into account the courage and heart that Coop showed this season, words that sound cliche until you see them in the flesh.
Her mother, Mary Cobb, lost her battle with breast cancer and died before the season began. Cooper has continued to raise a large group of her nieces and nephews in her own home. And then came the death of close friend and teammate Kim Perrot just two weeks ago.
Through one burden after another, Cooper has carried herself to the court every day -- and carried her team. On the night after Perrot was put on life support in a Houston hospital, Cooper went out and scored 42 points against Utah and then walked off the court, sobbing, into the arms of her teammates. The only night she could not play was the day after Perrot's death.
Cooper's teammate, Sheryl Swoopes, had a season that was comparable, if not slightly better overall than the year that Cooper had this year. In fact, it was Swoopes who finished second in MVP balloting.
Despite the championships and MVP awards, it hasn't always been smooth sailing for Cooper. She has, at times, seemed a bit too preoccupied with the amount of "respect" she gets when it comes to endorsements and commercial opportunities. And last season she was unnecessarily open about the strife that was taking place in the Comets' lockerroom between herself and Swoopes.
But the fact that Cooper had much deeper worries this season and still managed to play at the highest level does things for her legacy that a dozen Nike ads never could.
This season she was a wonder to behold and a person that had to be admired. There should be an award for that.
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Michelle Smith, a freelance writer in the Bay Area, is a regular contributor to ESPN.com.