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Chris Copeland on April stabbing incident: “I am OK”

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The bulk of the attention on the April 8 New York City nightclub incident has been on Thabo Sefolosha’s broken leg at the hands of the NYPD. It’s easy to forget that Chris Copeland, who was playing for the Pacers at the time, was stabbed at the scene and had to undergo surgery. Copeland, who just signed a deal with the Bucks, gave his first interview since the incident to Marc Spears of Yahoo, and he says he’s recovered fully from the stab wounds:

Copeland underwent surgery for injuries to his left elbow and abdomen, and apologized for being involved in the incident in a statement afterward. The experience has given him a new appreciation for all he has.

“I would like to say that I am OK for anybody that was concerned,” Copeland said. “I appreciate all the love and support as always.

“Legally, it’s not something I can talk about. But it was an unfortunate situation. I’m looking forward to putting it behind me and getting back on the floor.”

Copeland also reveals that he recently paid a visit to Facebook’s offices to work with their engineers on developing app ideas.

Copeland understandably can’t say much about the circumstances in April, as it’s an ongoing legal case. But it’s good to see that he’s made a full recovery and will be ready to play next season.

Chris Copeland says he’s OK after stabbing

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Chris Copeland got stabbed last April, landing him in the ICU for surgery.

Copeland just signed with Bucks, so obviously at least one team believes he’ll overcome the incident.

But how is he doing now?

Copeland, via Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

“I would like to say that I am OK for anybody that was concerned,” Copeland said. “I appreciate all the love and support as always.

“Legally, it’s not something I can talk about. But it was an unfortunate situation. I’m looking forward to putting it behind me and getting back on the floor.”

Very glad to hear Copeland is fine. The news sounded scary for a while.

He worked so hard just to make the NBA, and he deserves a chance to see how his career will unfold based on the merits.

Pacers trade for Rakeem Christmas from Cavaliers

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Rakeem Christmas was not going to be part of the Cavaliers roster — they are win-now, he is a guy in need of development.

Indiana has time to develop guys, so they have traded for him. The Pacers announced the move, saying they gave up the future second-round pick they acquired in the Roy Hibbert trade.

“We really liked Rakeem when he came in for pre-draft workouts,” Pacers basketball operations guru Larry Bird said in a statement. “He is a solid player who was a contributor all four years at Syracuse and we look forward to having him on our team.”

Christmas showed flashes of good defense and shot blocking, plus a little offense, at Summer League. However, he shot 33.3 percent and didn’t exactly blow any doors off. He’s a guy who spent four years at Syracuse and still needs to develop his game.

Christmas is 6’10” and incredibly long — a 7’5” wingspan. He was a shot blocker camped in the middle of the Syracuse zone in college, but he has the body to defend in the NBA post. He seemed to struggle against more athletic, smaller players.

For a Pacers team that just moved Hibbert from the middle of their defense, taking a flier on Christmas makes some sense. We’ll see if he can make the roster behind Jordan Hill, Myles Turner and Ian Mahinmi. That seems a long shot, but he’s got a better chance there than Cleveland.

Report: Bucks signing Chris Copeland to one-year contract

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Chris Copeland came a long way just to make the NBA.

He got stabbed late last season, but that scary incident won’t derail his pro career.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Given Copeland’s minimum salary is $981,348, it seems the Bucks had to dip into their $2,814,000 room exception.

That’s good value, and he makes an already deep team even deeper. Copeland is a stretch four who could see minutes behind Jabari Parker and John Henson depending what looks Jason Kidd wants to give.

Speaking of Kidd, he played with Copeland on the Knicks. This isn’t the first time Milwaukee has added an apparent Kidd favorite, but this signing makes more sense than others (looking at you, Kenyon Martin).

Copeland gives the Bucks 15 players with guaranteed contracts, meaning Jorge Gutierrez and his unguaranteed deal probably gets squeezed out – though Milwaukee could eat the salary of someone like Damien Inglis or Johnny O’Bryant.

Paul George throws down between-legs dunk (video)

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It looks like Paul George is back to his normal self #LightWork 🔥🔥🔥

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Paul George can still dunk.

He showed that months before completing his comeback and again in an NBA game. Undoubtedly, George has rehabilitated to the point he can still contribute for the Pacers.

But, even after his six-game return, a big question remains: Has his athleticism permanently diminished?

Here’s evidence the answer is no.