Drummond started the third quarter, but the NBA’s leading rebounder wasn’t the same in the second half. He went 6 for 11 from the field in the first half and 0 for 3 in the second. “We just tried to be physical,” Middleton said of the Bucks’ plan for Drummond. “We know he doesn’t like contact. Once he misses a couple, he is going to get down on himself and start forcing tough shots. Greg did a great job of just making him shot tough shots and not letting him get to his right hand.”
Last April, Copeland suffered injuries to his abdomen and left elbow in a stabbing attack outside of a New York City nightclub. The incident left him briefly hospitalized and effectively ended his season. Though Copeland apologized for “bad choices” – the attack occurred in the wee hours of a game day – it would stand as the last significant event of his Pacer career as he entered the summer as an unrestricted free agent. Still over the offseason, Copeland remained in Indianapolis for physical rehabilitation with the Pacers’ athletic staff. “I was just blessed to have guys like Larry Bird and the training staff who stuck with me way past when they had to,” Copeland said. “Legally by July 1 they’re not obligated to do anything but those guys took care of me. They did more than they needed to that’s why I’m forever in their debt. I appreciate the type of people that I was (around) for the last two years.”
Copeland described the rehab process as taking months and even now he undergoes some “tweaking” but remains healthy enough to play in his fourth NBA season. Though the front office made no attempt to re-sign Copeland, the team still extended to him its training staff, which includes head athletic trainer Josh Corbeil, strength and conditioning coach Shawn Windle and assistant athletic trainer Carl Eaton. This courtesy would be hard to find in professional sports where the focus begins and ends at the bottom line. “Everybody chipped in and helped me in my rehab process,” said Copeland, who even credited the interns. “I couldn’t have done it by myself, so I appreciate that.”
Is there a J. Cole song that’s your favorite? Yeah. “Love Yourz.” Why do you like it? Giannis Antetokounmpo: He’s just talking about life, and about how sometimes it’s easier to live when you’re broke. It’s something that applies to my life a little bit. Now with all of this fame and basketball, you’ve got to do a lot of things. You have to take care of taxes, take care of this, take care of that … but when I was young, I didn’t have to do nothing. I was just played basketball.