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April 10, 2015 Updates

But Walsh had to head to New York for his new job, so he put it off. With some prodding from his wife, Judy, and the Knicks' medical staff, he got the biopsy there. It was cancer. And he stood there in his hotel room. "I was scared to death," he said. "In my mind, I thought they were going to cut my tongue off. I can't do this job without my tongue. I was taking it all away." USA Today Sports

He hasn't smoked since. His tongue is still intact. And he is now a consultant for the Pacers. He gets screenings regularly and so far, so good. "It has not come back," he said. "Nobody will ever tell you you are cured form cancer, I will tell you that." USA Today Sports

The mother of NBA star Chris Copeland’s fiancée, who was attacked with him by a knife-wielding clubgoer at a Chelsea hotspot, said Thursday that she is rattled by the attack and her daughter will be scarred. “I was horrified,” said Rafaela Rivera. “She called me the same day it happened. He’s [Copeland] a very calm person … so what happened took me by surprise.” New York Post

After a light practice Thursday afternoon, Pacers coach Frank Vogel addressed Copeland's apology. "I agree with him that it was a bad choice. We don't condone our players being out that late," Vogel said. "We treat our players with respect and trust them to make smart decisions for the franchise and for themselves. Obviously, being out that late puts him in position to be in harm's way. It puts him at risk. Certainly, our organization doesn't condone our guys being out that late. It could've been worse. Thankfully, he's alright." Indianapolis Star

A girlfriend of Copeland and another woman were also stabbed early Wednesday morning. A 22-year-old suspect was in custody. Two Atlanta Hawks players, Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha, were arrested for allegedly obstructing authorities. Their attorney expects charges to be dismissed. "I want to thank all the fans, friends, teammates, coaches and the Pacers organization for their support and prayers during this time," Copeland said in the statement provided by the Pacers. "I also want to apologize to everyone, particularly the NBA and the Pacers for my bad choice at being out at that time. I am doing as well as can be expected and I will work hard to make a full recovery." Boston Herald

April 9, 2015 Updates

Candace Buckner: Ian Mahinmi, who calls Copeland & Katrine Saltara "good friends," said he couldn't stop thinking abt the two. "Yesterday was a sh--ty day." Mahinmi said he called Copeland first thing this morning -- also spoke w/ Saltara -- and said his teammate was "feeling good" Twitter @CandaceDBuckner

Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland is recovering in a New York hospital's intensive care unit after a Wednesday morning stabbing incident but issued a statement Thursday thanking those who have supported him during his ordeal. "I just want to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers. I'm overwhelmed with the outpouring of support. I look forward to coming back stronger than ever. Thank you," he said in a statement given to ESPN's Josina Anderson. ESPN.com

A source said the Hawks players were not in Copeland's party at 1Oak Club. Antic and Sefolosha were released without bail after a brief court appearance in which they were charged with obstructing governmental authority and disorderly conduct. Their attorney, Alex Spiro, said they did not commit any crime. "They should not have been arrested. We fully expect the case to be dismissed," he said. ESPN.com

April 8, 2015 Updates
 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN PACERS HISTORY

Three of the top four players are from the team's ABA era. All but the dead-eye shooter at No. 1.

   

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