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April 17, 2015 Updates

Hornets general manager Rich Cho says the Lance Stephenson signing last summer "didn't work out as we expected it to." Cho, speaking at his end-of-season press conference Friday, says when Charlotte signed Stephenson to a three-year, $27 million contract last offseason, "We thought it would work out a lot better." USA Today Sports

Stephenson is under contract for next season and the Hornets have a team option for 2016-17. Cho expects "Lance to work hard this offseason and have a better year next year." USA Today Sports

Stephenson said he lost confidence in his jump shot early in the season and never regained it. "I just wanted to make the shot so bad and when it doesn't go in you just lose your confidence," said Stephenson, who went from starter to out of coach Steve Clifford's rotation. "That plays a major part when you don't have confidence in your shot. This summer I am going to find my confidence and come in a better player." ESPN.com

April 16, 2015 Updates

Stephenson shot 38 percent from the field and 17 percent from 3-point range. Stephenson brought it up Thursday that 17 percent was the worst season in NBA history for a player attempting at least 100 3-pointers. "My 3-point percentage was the lowest ever in history. That’s terrible," Stephenson said. "I have to come in and figure out how to be a better shooter. Being a good shooter will help my overall game. When people sag off of me (playing him to drive), it’s harder for me to be successful. It’s confidence – just wanting the shot to go in so bad and then you lose your confidence. That plays a major part when you don’t have confidence in your shot. This summer I’m going to find my confidence." Charlotte Observer

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Though Stephenson never took the bait when he was asked twice directly if he had regrets in choosing Charlotte over Indiana, he did use the word "humbling" three times in describing his first year as a Hornet. "I'm very frustrated but it's a part of life and it's very humbling," Stephenson said, "but (I'm) just trying to stay focused and positive and whenever my number's called, just be ready." Indianapolis Star

The familiar setting and friendly interactions must have been a pick-me-up for Stephenson. Last summer as an unrestricted free agent, he signed with high aspirations to become a missing piece for the Charlotte Hornets. However, as the team makes a final push for the playoffs, Stephenson has fallen out of favor – as well as the rotation. "Definitely I'm surprised," Stephenson said Friday morning inside the visitor's locker room at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "I feel like I can help this group but it's out of my hands and I'm just (trying to) stay ready and stay focused." Indianapolis Star

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Coach Steve Clifford had said before he was as strong an advocate as any Hornets decision-maker for signing Lance Stephenson last July. Wednesday he made sure there was no misconception. “Lance is here because of me. I’m the one that wanted Lance,” Clifford said after not playing him for the second consecutive game. “It’s simply that I can’t find a group that plays well when he’s out there.” Charlotte Observer

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March 31, 2015 Updates

Lance Stephenson says he doesn't regret signing with the Charlotte Hornets, even though this season has been a tremendous struggle for the five-year NBA veteran. The Hornets gave Stephenson a three-year, $27 million deal this past offseason, hoping his playoff experience would give them a boost. USA Today Sports

But he hasn't come close to living up to expectations. Stephenson is shooting just 37.7 percent from the field and has made just 16 percent of his 3-point attempts. He didn't even play in Charlotte's biggest game of the season — a 116-104 loss Monday night to the Boston Celtics — despite two starters being out with injuries. Stephenson told The Associated Press Tuesday it was difficult not playing, but "it's a coach's decision and my job is to keep a positive attitude." USA Today Sports

March 6, 2015 Updates

“I don’t think [expectations] were too high.” Jefferson said. “Anytime you have a guy coming to a new team people will look for him to come in and save the day. All we ever wanted him to do is come in and be himself. This team was already on the rise when he came. We want him to help take us to the top. Some times things don’t necessarily work out at first, but you have to stay with it and continue to compete.” Sports Illustrated

February 24, 2015 Updates

With Michael Jordan as owner, however, Cho doesn't get the last word on decisions. According to a source familiar with Charlotte's inner workings, the voice that MJ relies on most is that of Curtis Polk, an analytics agnostic who conducts Jordan's business affairs and serves as the Hornets' vice chairman. And with pressure from Jordan to accelerate the Hornets' efforts to contend, the team made the ill-fated decision to sign Lance Stephenson over the objections of the analytics staff. ESPN.com

February 17, 2015 Updates

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