Indiana Pacers: Chris Copeland to be ready for training camp

May 16, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Chris Copeland (14) celebrates scoring with small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the third quarter against the Indiana Pacers in game 5 of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffsat Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 85-75. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers decided to pick up Chris Copeland this offseason after the former New York Knick came off a successful rookie season. However, some fans were slightly surprised that as soon as the player was inked to a contract reports surfaced that Copeland would have to go through a knee procedure.

Copeland is already walking and says that being ready for training camp shouldn’t be a problem, and that he dealt with the pain last season.

“It was something I dealt with but it wasn’t a major issue,” he explained. “Right now, it’s the summer time so we just thought it would be good to get it done now so I could go into the season with a fresh start and feeling pain free.”

“Yeah, (they knew) but it’s not a major – as you can see, I’m walking already,” he said. “It’s not a major thing. I had something removed and now my knee feels so much better. It was more of a nuisance than an actual injury.”

(via Pacers.com)

By the sounds of it, his knee issue is not something to be too worried about, and it will be interesting to see what kind of a role Chris can fill coming off Indiana’s bench.

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