When Chris Copeland was signed by the Pacers this offseason, expectations were that he would be one of major pieces headlining a revamped bench that was one of the focal points of this offseason's free agent acquisitions. He was brought in to stretch the floor, and play at both the 3 and 4 positions on the team's second unit. 3 games into the season we have yet to get a glimpse of the long distance sharp shooter. Although the team is 3-0 Pacers fans are anxious to see the new addition knock down three's like he did against us in last year's playoffs as a member of the Knicks. We even heard chants for his name during the end of the Saturday night's game with the Pacers comfortably ahead.
Don't fret Pacers fans. You will see Copeland soon enough. Remember what coach Vogel said during an interview earlier this year during the summer after the Pacers free agent coup? Grinning from ear to ear coach Vogel said he was "dreaming of all the options this team has now. "We can go small or big to match whatever our opponents want to throw at us on a nightly basis." Keep that in mind folks when you think about why Chris Copeland isn't in the rotation at times during the season. On some nights the Pacers will face teams like the Heat and Bulls who like to go small, and run with players who can stretch the floor. Last year we really didn't have the ability or the personal to match up with those kind of teams. We do now. That's where Copeland comes in. When we play teams that employ a "small ball" lineup this season, you will see plenty of Chris as the stretch four nightmare he was brought in to be. He will play the 4 and the 3 with a new zone defensive scheme that should help the Pacers not only maintain leads, but also extend them. At 3-0, we haven't even scratched the surface of seeing what this team can do yet. Trust me, Copeland will be a factor in all of this. A big one.