Norris Cole, best known for his time with the Miami Heat between 2011-2015, is adjusting to life with his new team AS Monaco. During his tenure with the Heat, Cole won two NBA Championships (2012, 2013). Alongside, the power trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.
Short-Lived NBA Career
Cole’s NBA career was short-lived, from entering the league with the Heat back in 2011, he left initially as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans in 2016. This was to give China a crack, where he represented the, then named, Shandong Golden Stars for just a month-and-a-half.
An NBA return was on the cards, as he joined the Oklahoma City Thunder in March 2017. But within five months, he was back on the road, this time to experience life in Israel. He signed for Maccabi Tel Aviv, where he won the 2018 Israeli League Championship. Whilst averaging 11.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.1 steals, in 32 games.
After the 2017/18 season, Cole hit the road yet again. This time splitting the 2018/19 season between Italy and Montenegro, with Sidigas Avellino and Buducnost Podgorica, respectively. The prior time he left due to financial difficulties. The latter, he won the 2019 Montenegrin Basketball Cup with. Whilst averaging 13.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1 steal, in the domestic league.
Joining His Seventh Team in Four Years
Guess what, Cole hit the road yet again following the conclusion of the 2018-19 season. This time taking his talent to the glitz and glamour of Monaco. In his recent YouTube series, he stated that he is committed to learning the culture of Monaco, enabling a “special time” during his stay in the principality.
The three-time Pro A Leaders Cup Champions, AS Monaco, finished second in their domestic league in the 2018-19 season. This season, they have their eyes set on the prize, taking the step forward to winning their first-ever LNB Pro A Championship.
Acquiring the talents of Norris Cole certainly assists with Monaco’s lofty aspirations. So far, Cole is averaging 14.4 points, 1.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, on 48% shooting. He is converting at an impressive 42.9% clip from the 3-point line. As a result of these performances, Monaco is currently riding a nine-game win streak, in all competitions.
The team holds an 11-2 record in the domestic LNB Pro A league, occupying second place. Behind the 19-time French Champions, LDLC Asvel, who are owned by San Antonio Spurs legend, Tony Parker.
Playing alongside fellow Americans, Dee Bost, Anthony Clemmons, J.J. O’Brien, and Eric Buckner, 31-year-old Norris Cole has his eyes firmly set on the prize. Like the majority of players in European basketball, Cole is currently on a 1-year contract. He may be on the move again in the near future, but for now, Monaco is home for the two time NBA Champion.