Each player received minutes during the preseason, but out of all the training camp invites, Chris Copeland stood out the most. Now that the roster stands at 15, it's very likely that Copeland and Rasheed Wallace will lock up the Knicks' final two guaranteed roster spots.
A source close to Copeland told ESPNNewYork.com on Wednesday that he believed the 28-year-old would make the team.
With Amar'e Stoudemire's timetable uncertain, Copeland could see 15-20 minutes off the bench to provide versatile scoring he showed in the preseason through the pick-and-roll/pop, isolation and the post. Copeland put up a combined 55 points in the Knicks' two meetings against the Celtics, proving he could score in Mike Woodson's offense.
WALLACE WORKS IN 5-ON-5: One day after taking part in his first halfcourt scrimmage, Wallace participated in 5-on-5 action for the first time in training camp on Saturday. During one stretch, he scored on the block and then nailed a 3-pointer in back-to-back possessions.
While Woodson doesn't know yet if Wallace will play in the Knicks' season opener on Nov. 1 against the Nets, he thinks the 15-year veteran is progressing well.
"I thought in the scrimmage he looked good playing on both teams," he said after practice. "I was just trying to look at some different combinations with him and his conditioning was in better shape than I thought. He got up and down the floor, made some shots and from a defensive standpoint, he's great because he communicates. That can become contagious if guys listen a little bit and try to learn from him."
One person who believes Wallace will play on opening night is Carmelo Anthony.
"I don't think we have a choice but to use him," Melo said.
With Marcus Camby still sidelined and not a sure thing for next week, and the Nets having a big frontcourt featuring Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez, Wallace could be called upon, especially for his defense.
Click here to read about five things Wallace will provide the team this season.
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