The season just started but the Indiana Pacers and Lance Stephenson have a lot to dance about right now. Not only are the Pacers an NBA best undefeated 9-0 but they’ve beaten the likes of Chicago, Brooklyn and Memphis to get there. Now lets get back to Lance Stephenson, who was a high school prodigy at Lincoln High in Coney Island, New York. He was supposed to be the next big player, nicknamed “Born Ready”. Stephenson won city basketball championships in all four years of high school, and is New York’s all-time leading scorer in high school basketball. But Born Ready hit a few obstacles as a lot of top colleges didn’t like his attitude, plus there were a few recruiting mishaps, thus landing him at the University of Cincinnati.
After a one and done season at Cincinnati where he averaged 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists he declared for the NBA draft. He was picked late in the second round by the legend Larry Bird and the Indiana Pacers. His rookie year he received no playing time but made headlines during the playoff series against the Heat as he made a choking sign as Lebron James shot important free throws. That started an altercation before the next game with Juwan Howard of the Miami Heat. That same game Heat center, Dexter Pittman clotheslined Lance as he ran in for a rebound. The Heat went on to win that series signaling the end of Stephenson’s rookie year.
After a tough rookie season Lance Stephenson started getting more minutes and becoming an important part of the Pacers. Now in the present Stephenson is averaging 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. He also recorded his first career triple double a few nights back. But the problem is the immaturity that remains in Lance. The other night he received a technical for taunting. The kid can play and can become one of the stars in Indiana but he has to get his mind right.