June 12, 1960 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||Fitzgerald (Warren, Michigan)|
|NBA draft||1982 / Round: 3 / Pick: 56th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Joseph Gerard Kopicki (born 12 June 1960) is a former American basketball player. At 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m) and 240 pounds (110 kg), he played the power forward position. His nickname was "The Body".
Kopicki played basketball at Fitzgerald High School in Warren, Michigan, his hometown. He was named to the First Team Class A All-State squad and selected as Macomb County Player of the Year in 1978. During his career at the University of Detroit, Kopicki tallied 1,410 points and 771 rebounds.
Kopicki was drafted in the third round of the 1982 NBA Draft (56th pick overall) by the Atlanta Hawks. However, he was waived by the Hawks on October 19. He signed as a free agent with the Indiana Pacers three days later, but was again waived on October 27 before the start of the 1982–83 season. After a season with the Wisconsin Flyers of the CBA, he signed with the Washington Bullets on March 9, 1983 and finally played in the NBA. Kopicki played with the Bullets for the remainder of the 1982–83 and all of the 1983–84 seasons, averaging 3.8 points per game off the bench, but did not make the final roster for the 1984–85 season. He then started negotiations with the Kansas City Kings, but was convinced by the Denver Nuggets to sign on October 31, 1984, just days into the 1984–85 season. Kopicki replaced Russell Cross, who had a weak left knee, on the Nuggets roster. His playing time increased when Bill Hanzlik suffered an injury. After the season, he then decided to play in Europe, where he spent the rest of his career on teams in Italy and Spain. In Europe he was a seven-time All-Star.
Kopicki is now the head coach of the boys' basketball team at his high school alma mater, Fitzgerald.
Kopicki's number 34 has since been retired by his high school. He was inducted into the Detroit Titans Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Kopicki received the 2011 Matt Dobek Special Recognition Award from the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.
Kopicki has been married to his wife Jennifer since 1986. They have raised three children, Jessica, Joseph and Matthew. Kopicki is of Polish descent.
My nickname was never "The Body". Please remove. Thank you