HoopsHype Lance Stephenson rumors

February 1, 2014 Updates

Heading into Saturday night's game against the Nets – and with an All-Star snub still boiling in his mind - the 23-year-old Pacers guard told the Daily News he's motivated to unleash his anger on Joe Johnson and the Nets. "I already had a chip on my shoulder and it made me even worse," Stephenson said about not making the Eastern Conference reserves. "Now I'm going to kill everybody who is in front of me." New York Daily News

January 31, 2014 Updates

But there was still anger beneath the surface less than 24 hours after Stephenson’s learned NBA coaches did not vote him as a reserve to the Eastern Conference all-star team. “I’m mad,” Stephenson said. “I feel like I had my breakout year last year. I showed I can play with anyone on the floor and I felt like this year, I brought a little bit more to my game. “But other people saw it differently. I’m just going to keep working hard and prove everyone wrong.” Indianapolis Star

Stephenson went home and scoured social media. Nearly every comment he saw supported him and said he should have made the team, he said. “All of them felt like I got screwed,” the sometimes polarizing Stephenson said. “Finally, everyone is on my side.” Indianapolis Star

A Yahoo report claimed Toronto's Kyle Lowry was the leading vote-getter among the non-selected Eastern Conference players. The prevailing theory is that Stephenson – who compiled his fourth triple-double on Thursday, more than the Eastern All-Star roster combined – was left out because of his occasional but dramatic gyrations following big shots during games. West didn't want to hear that. “That stuff is petty,” he said. “...The fact that he's beat (the other coaches' teams) and he's had great games against the majority of the coaches … he's a major reason we've been able to get (35) wins.” NBA.com

January 30, 2014 Updates
January 29, 2014 Updates

Unofficially, Robertson is the career leader with 181. Johnson is credited with 138. Chamberlain had 78 (though that doesn’t include blocks), Larry Bird 69. Bird could care less. “I never looked at stats,” he said. “I always knew in my head about what every (statistic) was, but I never played for triple-doubles. I played to win. “A lot of guys get caught up in that; I mean, it’s selfish. When they get selfish, I don’t think a triple-double is worth a damn.” Indianapolis Star

Robertson said Stephenson’s accomplishments are impressive because he’s secondary in the team’s offense. “For his role, what he’s done is outstanding,” Robertson said. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said the first accomplishment in a triple-double is being on the floor long enough to rack up those numbers. Then it comes down to execution. “You can’t get it if you’re playing 25 minutes a game, so a coach has to have you on the court 36-40 minutes, which means he trusts you to be out there,” he said. “Second, it means you’re a complete player, and that’s impressive when guys who aren’t superstars get one, someone like Lance. Indianapolis Star

January 28, 2014 Updates

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