Some of you may have heard of the Knicks' recent signing of Belgian league phenom Christopher Copeland. Now while many may disregard this as an insignificant roster filler signing, when you dig deeper and attempt to figure out what sort of player Christopher Copeland is, you will see that he is the player that the Knicks have been coveting for decades. Behold.
Now the title alone should jump out at you. 45 points? Say what you want about the legitimacy of the Belgian league, but as the great Stephon Marbury once said "a ball is a ball." Compound that with the famous quote from Hoosiers where the coach proclaimed, "Our rim and their rim are the same height," (Or something like that, I never saw this movie), and these tidbits of basketball wisdom express the same truth. Basketball is basketball. It doesn't matter if it's played in America, Belgium, or with a sock.
But I digress, aside from the spectacular statline of 45 points, if you watch Copeland play, there is a lot to be excited about.
- Copeland hit a 3-pointer (you know who else hit a three pointer? Ray Allen)
- He did a nice crossover move that transitioned into a jump shot (Allen Iverson was known for that)
- He hit a buzzer-beating three pointer (very clutch...dare I say Reggie Miller-esque?)
- Hit a very nice hookshot in the paint (the name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ring any bells?)
- ...and got fouled (Refs respect greatness, Michael Jordan got many calls in his favor)
- He has dreadlocks (hustle is very important, and if I recall correctly, Brian Grant sported dreads for much of his career)
- He went to Colorado (alma mater of one Chauncey Billups, former NBA Finals MVP)
- Wears #9 (Knicks need to get better on defense, and who led the league in blocks in 2011-12? Serge Ibaka. What number did he wear? #9. I can't make this up)
Still not convinced? Do these names mean anything to you? Childs. Dudley. Mills. What do they have in common? They were all great Knicks. Not only that, they were all named Chris. This is too spooky to all be a coincidence, there is no way around this. Chris Copeland is the future and savior of the Knicks.
P.S: Nobody named Duhon or Wilcox played for the Knicks. Ever.