Backup has paid his dues to be in NBA

No one can accuse Chris Copeland of not earning his place on the Indiana Pacers’ bench.

The past eight years have included D-League bus rides and flights across the Atlantic Ocean to play inside of facilities even the most ardent basketball diehards don’t know or care about.

Connecting the dots to make Copeland’s career arc is dizzying: Fort Worth to Spain to the Netherlands to Germany to Belgium and, finally, back to the United States.

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