Thursday, April 4th, 2013 at 4:02 pm  |  9 responses

Q+A: Chris Copeland (VIDEO)

Knicks rookie talks about his journey.

by Tracy Weissenberg / @basketballista

Chris Copeland’s basketball odyssey took him around the world, before his current stop at one of the world’s most recognizable franchises. After going undrafted out of Colorado in 2006, Copeland continued his basketball career in Belgium, Germany, Holland and Spain.

The overseas veteran is now a 29-year-old rookie for the surging Knicks. New York has put together a 10-game win streak, and currently sits a half game above Indiana for the second seed in the Eastern Conference.

In his first NBA season, Copeland is averaging 7 points in just under 13 minutes, and has started nine of 48 games. He practices with the Knicks’ veteran-filled roster, and learns from bigs who have spent over a decade contributing to NBA teams.

Many find it hard to identify with the careers of current basketball players because they focus on those who have garnered recognition since high school and AAU days. While it may be less glamorous to study the careers of journeymen and 29-year-old rookies, the lights of MSG shine equally on superstars and those just looking for their chance. Across the crowd, the lights shine down as well, and when Copeland plays, you may see some of your own journey reflected in him.

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  • danpowers

    if woody just gave him more minutes down the stretch…

  • Max

    I can comprehend that but he needs to improve defensively and some toughness are also needed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeanpicardy Jean Maxime Ady

    I can comprehend that but he needs to improve defensively and some toughness are also needed.

  • spit hot fiyah

    didn’t he play in belgium? did u see him play over there

  • danpowers

    sure but id see rather him than novak out there in most games

  • Max

    I did. :)

  • Max

    My left ear liked this q&a.

  • Comment_System

    The knicks are desperate for big dudes if this guy gets minutes.

  • Bruce Wayne

    Have you seen him play? He has been productive on both ends of the floor in spot minutes..