Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed in his elbow and abdomen at a NYC nightclub on Wednesday morning, and his head coach is now reacting to the news.
The Indiana Pacers will be without forward Chris Copeland for the rest of the season after he suffered a broken elbow following a stabbing in a New York nightclub on Wednesday morning. The Chris Copeland stabbing has sent shockwaves across the NBA, and it’s an unexpected hurdle that the Pacers need to get over in their quest for a playoff berth.
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According to reports, Copeland was stabbed in the elbow and the abdomen after getting into an argument with a man at a New York nightclub on Wednesday morning. Copeland’s wife was also slashed and stabbed in the incident but both are expected to recover from their injuries.
Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel gave a statement on the stabbing of Chris Copeland during the early morning hours of Wednesday.
"#Pacers head coach Frank Vogel on Chris Copeland being stabbed: “Obviously it hurts to see a teammate be injured like this, but trying to remain focused on the game tonight.”"
The Pacers are trying to make it into the postseason as they’re hanging on the brink of being out of things entirely with just a handful of games left in the season. This is a distraction that the team didn’t expect to have to deal with and it’s something that could derail their playoff dreams.
Copeland was a big part of their team and losing him is going to be devastating to their plans to make it far in the postseason. It’s a rough blow for the Pacers but it’s not a fatal blow. This could be something that might people them to go on a run, but right now the team is focusing on all they can at the moment.
Losing Copeland is hard to deal with, but the team needs to press on and that’s what Frank Vogel’s job is. They aren’t going to forget about Copeland, but they have games to play and an NBA title to try and strive towards winning.
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