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April 10, 2015 Updates

You won't find Marvin Cooper's name on the Pacers' all-time roster, but he was a player for them back in the day. Or, perhaps, playa would better describe him, although he came along before that particular bit of vernacular entered the lexicon. Let's just say Cooper was a notable participant in the Pacers' Cinderella playoff run 40 years ago, perhaps the most dramatic the franchise has had that didn't lead to a championship. After finishing the regular season with a 45-39 record, they upset San Antonio in the first round, upset Denver in the second round, and played Kentucky for the ABA championship before losing in five games. Cooper's performances brought fans to their feet, brought energy to the games and might even have intimidated some opponents – or at least distracted them. NBA.com

Limited to a playing time restriction in the 15-minute range, George still scored 10 points. He has countered rust with aggressiveness and refused to settle for jumpers even if it resulted in some clunky-looking drives. “He’s a little slow right now but he’ll be fine once he gets his rhythm and his legs under him,” said Lance Thomas, one of several Knicks assigned to defend George Wednesday. “He’s a warrior for doing what he did to get back out there. … He just overcame a horrific event.” Washington Post

The incident shined a light on some athletes’ late-night appetites. Consider, for example, that Antic and Sefolosha happened to be at 1Oak at the same time as Copeland, said Lauren Menache, a senior account executive at Berk Communications, which counts 1Oak as one of its clients. But it was more than mere coincidence. The club is one of several in the city popular among players, Menache said. Visiting teams often stay at nearby hotels, and players know — largely through word of mouth — that they will be taken care of by management. “There’s a comfort level that their anonymity will hold up and they’ll be treated nicely,” Menache said. “They know exactly who to ask for when they arrive.” New York Times

His career as Indiana Pacers president behind him, he was embarking on a new journey running the New York Knicks. But all he could do, at this moment in 2008, was stare at himself in the mirror. "I was looking in the mirror and I was saying to myself, 'You are so stupid,' " Walsh said. "Because I smoked at that point. I said to myself, 'You got your lungs checked. You got everything else checked, but you didn't get the thing that you put the thing on checked.' " The thing (tongue) that he put the thing (cigarette) on hadn't been checked out by a doctor in 50 years of smoking. And now, inside the hotel room, he was staring down a terrifying diagnosis. Walsh had tongue cancer. "How stupid," he remembers thinking. USA Today Sports

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



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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