Indiana Pacers’ guard Lance Stephenson is developing into a very nice player and is hoping to cash in on his success in restricted free agency this summer.
That, however, may not be so easy.
During the Eastern Conference Finals, in which the Pacers were defeated by the Miami Heat in six games (it was the third straight straight year the Heat eliminated the Pacers from the postseason), Stephenson got into a bit of trouble. He got into a war or words with Miami Heat forward LeBron James. Not only did Stephenson trash talk James throughout the series, but he soon told reporters that he was in James’ head and although James scored just seven points in a game 5 loss to the Pacers because of foul trouble, that was clearly not the case. That, however, didn’t stop Stephenson from blowing in James’ ear, which some found hilarious and nearly everyone found to be very strange.
Of course that doesn’t mean Stephenson won’t return to the Pacers. His teammates want him back and he will be nearly impossible to replace through free agency or the draft.
After Stephenson’s Pacers were eliminated by the Heat, ESPN’s Sports Nation decided to pay tribute to him and got Boyz II Men to do it by performing “End of the Road. You can see the video below.
Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season while shooting 49.1% from the field, 35.2% from beyond the arc and 71.1% from the charity stripe in the regular season. In the postseason, he put up 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He shot 45.5% from the field, 35.8% from downtown and 71.4% from the free throw line.