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Bobcats Sign Guard Omar Cook

August 3, 2004

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Free-agent point guard Omar Cook signed with the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday after playing for them in a summer league.

Cook started the final five games of the Reebok Rocky Mountain Revue, averaging five assists (tied for the league lead), two steals (ranking third) and 3.7 points.

``Omar has the innate qualities of a point guard,″ Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. ``He has good ball-handling skills and a good body, plus a good understanding of the game.″

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Cook, who went to St. John’s, finished last season with the Portland Trail Blazers. He signed a 10-day contract Feb. 3, had it extended once, then signed a fresh contract Feb. 27. He played in 17 games for Portland.

Cook also played for the Fayetteville Patriots of the National Basketball Development League, where he played for Bobcats assistant coach Jeff Capel. He had 215 assists in 24 games with Fayetteville.

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