Hey Pacer fans, remember that silky smooth shooter from three point land with the corn rows that wanted to wear a scarf around his hair, but the NBA wouldn’t let him? This guy right here. That’s right, Big Smooth Sam Perkins. He was a great leadership guy, and could knock down a three when you needed it. Well, the Pacers got a guy now that could fill that void that’s been missing. And he might be even better all around once he gets his game going. Chris Copeland was brought here by way of free agency from the New York Knicks. With the side note being, the Pacers were the last time that he talked to because he said he didn’t think about playing for them.
Now that might come as an odd phrase to say, but the Knicks got knocked out of the playoffs by the Pacers, so how about the saying, if you can’t beat them, join them, which is what Copeland must have thought. Now Copeland will be a big part of the Pacers bench, which will hopefully step up more so than last season. He’s a guy that’s going to work out with Ben Wallace this summer, and wants to be around basketball as much as he can to improve his game. Who wouldn’t want that type of guy on your team? Working with Ben Wallace should help out in a few ways, defensively and rebounding is what I am thinking.
Chris Copeland calls himself a hybrid guy who could play the 3 or 4 position depending on what the Pacers will want to do. I think the Pacers will play a bit smaller through the bench, so they can finally get out and run a bit. Maybe not so much half court offense, but really working it down the floor, and trying to get an easy basket. You don’t normally see that for this Pacers team, but if Lance Stephenson goes back to the bench, I think that’s a big possibility. Copeland’s job would be to find that open spot from three, and hopefully knock down plenty of those for the team.
I think if he comes around for those hustle plays too, Pacer fans will quickly forget about Tyler Hansbrough, who will definitely be missed for that. But fans are quick to forget when a guy comes in and does his job, so Copeland needs to be ready for all situations. Surrounding himself with basketball throughout the summer should help that. I am very excited to see what he will bring to the Indiana Pacers, and hope he’s ready for this next part of what’s been quite the basketball journey for him.