Joe Kopicki

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Joe Kopicki
Personal information
Born (1960-06-12) June 12, 1960 (age 59)
Warren, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolFitzgerald (Warren, Michigan)
CollegeDetroit Mercy (1978–1982)
NBA draft1982 / Round: 3 / Pick: 56th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career1982–1993
PositionPower forward
Number31, 35
Career history
1982–1983Wisconsin Flyers
19821984Washington Bullets
1984–1985Denver Nuggets
1985–1986Benetton Treviso
1985–1988Cajabilbao
1988–1991Pallacanestro Torino
1991–1992Cajabilbao
1992–1993Joventut Badalona
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".[1]

Biography[edit]

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.[2] 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.[1] 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.[3]

Kopicki is now the head coach of the boys' basketball team at his high school alma mater, Fitzgerald.[2]

Honors[edit]

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.[2]

Personal[edit]

Kopicki has been married to his wife Jennifer since 1986. They have raised three children, Jessica, Joseph and Matthew. Kopicki is of Polish descent.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kiszla, Mark (November 1, 1984). "Nuggets sign 'The Body'". The Denver Post. p. E14.
  2. ^ a b c d Joe Kopicki 2011 Special Recognition Award Winner
  3. ^ This article incorporates information from the corresponding article in the Spanish Wikipedia

My nickname was never "The Body". Please remove. Thank you

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