Lance Stephenson is a pest who also happens to be a very talented basketball player. Just in the Eastern Conference Finals alone, he’s made multiple headlines for trying to get inside LeBron James’ head while also making multiple headlines for the basketball plays he’s made.
Early in the series he made some unnecessary comments about LeBron that were not backed up by Paul George and probably had something to do with LeBron flipping the switch to God mode in Game 4. Then the other night in Game 5 he brought plenty of attention to himself for blowing into LeBron’s ear as they were waiting for the ball to be inbounded. It’s pretty harmless, but it’s also very weird and I’m not sure why you would want to antagonize LeBron again.
But that’s just who Lance is. He’s a guy you would love if he was on your team but despise when he’s an opponent. You can say he should stop the antics, but that’s a large part of who he is and probably helps him have success, so it’s hard to just stop something you’ve been having success with all your life.
He will, however, be stopping the whole blowing in his opponents’ ears thing because Larry Bird told him to knock it off.
Stephenson said larry bird told him not to blow in players’ ears anymore and so he won’t
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) May 30, 2014
Larry Bird was the king of trash talk back in his day, but this thing Lance is doing crosses the line from solid trash talk to just being a weirdo so I can understand why Larry wants him to stop.