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Chris Copeland brings firepower, experience to Team Colorado

Chris Copeland had no problem navigating the long road to finally reach the NBA. If that’s the sort of path it takes to get back there, so be it.

Copeland was always an anomaly among former Colorado basketball stars, going undrafted out of CU in 2006 yet nonetheless making his way to the NBA in 2012 with a delayed splash. The former Buffaloes forward finished sixth in the 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year voting, a full seven years after he played his final game at the Coors Events Center.

Copeland returned to his old haunt this past week in preparation for his first appearance with Team Colorado, the squad of former CU basketball stars again taking aim at the $2 million jackpot offered in The Basketball Tournament after falling just short in the championship game a year ago.

Copeland, who logged four seasons in the NBA but spent this past year in Turkey, is perhaps the most intriguing newcomer on a team that brings back much of its core.

“You always want to play as long as you can, but at the end of the day basketball is basketball,” Copeland said. “This is the fun part for me. Obviously we want to win the tournament, the idea of playing with Michel (Morandais) and ‘Nique (Dominique Coleman) and bringing everyone together, this is the stuff you talk about in college. What would it be like if Richard Roby and Michel were on the same team? It’s exciting.”

Read the full story at BuffZone.com.

Source: denverpost

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