Chris Copeland was recently stabbed outside of a NYC nightclub. His teammates are honoring him with a simple headband.
The Indiana Pacers will be without Chris Copeland for the remainder of their season after he was stabbed in a New York nightclub on Wednesday morning. He’s expected to make a full recovery, and histammates aren’t forgetting about him even though he’s not on the court with them.
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Paul George is back on the court after sitting out most of the season, but he’s already having an impact both in and out of the box score. George is urging fans and fellow players to pray and honor third-year player Chris Copeland who was recently stabbed outside a New York City nightclub, along with his wife.
Copeland, a role player at small forward for the Indiana Pacers, was the victim of misguided violence that sent him and his wife to the hospital with stab wounds. On the year, Copeland averaged 6.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game while recording the most minutes per game in his young career.
On Wednesday night, George and fellow Pacer Solomon Hill urged teammates to wear headbands for Copeland who has worn one since joining the Pacers in 2013.
This is a pretty cool gesture coming from a superstar who knows all too well how life is much bigger than the sport of basketball. While it might not seem like a big deal wearing a headband to honor someone, it’s the act of showing you care and showing that you are praying for someone who just had their life altered by gutless people.
George made his 2014-15 debut just a few short days ago after sitting out for the first six months of the season, making sure his leg was 100 percent before rushing back onto the court to help his team try to make the playoffs as an eight-seed.
The headbands may have been a bit of good luck as the Pacers took down the New York Knicks, putting them just one game behind the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference with just four remaining.
No one knew until these tweets after the game that the unfamiliar accessories on the heads of the two players were honoring Copeland.
It’s about time something goes right for the Pacers, so a playoff berth might be in order.
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