HoopsHype Lance Stephenson rumors

November 19, 2014 Updates

But the beneath the bravado lies Stephenson's self doubt about his return to Indianapolis. Stephenson has already pictured the worst-case scenario for when his new team plays his former team ... and he's nervous. "Honestly," he says. "I think I'm going to get booed." Indianapolis Star

"It was definitely a tough decision to leave but it almost was like we had no choice, to me. The next day, they signed CJ Miles so it was over from that point on," says Stephenson's father as he leaned against the hallway leading to the Hornets' home locker room. "It was tough. It wasn't like, 'Eff, the Pacers!' It was tough to leave. I didn't think it would happen. Before free agency, if you asked me where Lance was going to be, I would've said, 'He's going to be a Pacer for life.' That was one of our goals. I'm a firm believer in sticking with the team you got drafted by." Indianapolis Star

"I seen 'em boo Jermaine O'Neal. I've seen 'em boo Ron Artest, of course, but I don't know. I'm interested to see what will happen," Lance Stephenson Sr. says. "I know the fans want to win in Indianapolis, so I wouldn't be surprised if they boo. Like I'm going to be booing when they come here. If they're like me, they're going to be booing because they want that win." Indianapolis Star

November 18, 2014 Updates

Stephenson has already pictured the worst-case scenario for when his new team plays his former team ... and he's nervous. "Honestly," he says. "I think I'm going to get booed." Indianapolis Star

"I seen 'em boo Jermaine O'Neal. I've seen 'em boo Ron Artest, of course, but I don't know. I'm interested to see what will happen," Lance Stephenson Sr. says. "I know the fans want to win in Indianapolis, so I wouldn't be surprised if they boo. Like I'm going to be booing when they come here. If they're like me, they're going to be booing because they want that win." Indianapolis Star

November 17, 2014 Updates
November 16, 2014 Updates

On an inbound play during a Saturday night game between the Charlotte Hornets and the Golden State Warriors, Lance Stephenson changed the flopping game forever. He slapped himself in the face. For The Win

November 7, 2014 Updates

An anonymous NBA scout dishes his take on Lance Stephenson, who has struggled since arriving to the Hornets. “I think he is overcompensating. He is trying to make too many plays. He’s not shooting well. The rest of his offensive game isn’t bad. He is passing and rebounding. But his defense is terrible because he is out of shape. He looks like all he did was hang out this summer. I’m not seeing the same intensity. [Hornets coach] Steve Clifford wants him to defend, and he isn’t doing it. Sports Illustrated

"Offensively he is used to having the ball in his hands. In Indiana, he handled the ball a lot. In Charlotte, Kemba Walker likes to handle it. He has to get used to playing with a point guard like that. And he has to learn to play with a center like Al Jefferson that needs the ball. Indiana ran a nice motion offense that shared the ball. Charlotte runs a lot of pick-and-rolls and post ups. I don’t think he has adjusted to that. "I think what they are going to end up doing is subbing him out early and bringing him back with the second unit, where he can do more of the things he likes. Miami did that at times with Wade, putting him in when LeBron wasn’t out there. Then, in the fourth quarter, they will figure it out. Maybe Lance will get enough touches early that he will be more willing to move it later. It’s not a big issue yet. Clifford is going to do what is in the team’s best interest and that is finding ways to get the most out of Lance." Sports Illustrated

November 3, 2014 Updates

Steve Clifford benched Stephenson for the remainder of Saturday’s game against Memphis at the 4:13 mark in the third quarter. His 14 points Sunday night marked his first double-digit scoring game of the season. That’s not the start you want from your prized free agent coup. According to a source close to Stephenson, he wasn’t happy at all with the decision and felt he could have made a significant difference as the Hornets scored a woeful 69 points in a two-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. However, Stephenson took the benching in stride and put it in his rear view mirror when asked about his adjustment to Charlotte on Sunday. “It’s tough, but it’s part of being a pro,” Stephenson said. “Learning the system, learning new guys, not getting frustrated, keep playing through my mistakes and just trying to get other people involved. I play through instincts and when my players learn my instincts we’ll be a better team.” SheridanHoops

“Their starting lineup has no shooting,” one Eastern Conference scout told SheridanHoops. “Last year Josh McRoberts spaced the floor for them, but now you can really pack the paint against Charlotte. The Pacers last year had great spacing with Paul George and George Hill as strong 3-point shooters, and David West had good range. Lance just doesn’t have the same driving lanes in Charlotte.” Another scout believes Stephenson may wish he never left the Pacers by the end of the season. “When you’re the third option it’s easy to excel,” another Eastern Conference scout told SheridanHoops. “Coming to Charlotte, he’s more of a marked man. He probably thinks he’s better than he really is. When the tide rises, all boats rise. Indiana was winning and everyone looked good.” SheridanHoops

November 2, 2014 Updates
October 29, 2014 Updates

"If I feel like he's going the wrong way that is when I will step in, like most parents do, and say, 'Look you need to focus on this and think about that,'" Jordan said. The internal intensity and sometimes uncontrollable competitive drive undoubtedly cost Stephenson money during free agency, and he knows the Hornets can't afford the distractions on the floor. "I have to cut down on the antics," Stephenson said. "I have to do whatever it takes to stay on the floor. If I get too much into the antics and get teched out I can cost the team." USA Today Sports

October 23, 2014 Updates

"I wanted to stay there but they gave me a deadline where I had to choose," Stephenson said. "So there wasn't no time for me to make a decision. They gave me a deadline (before) how long it (was) going to take for them to go somewhere else. I had to make a quick decision and me and my agent decided we would see what other teams (were) talking about." Indianapolis Star

On July 2, the Pacers turned their attention to Plan B and agreed to terms with free agent CJ Miles. In Stephenson's view, the Miles' deal sealed his departure from the Pacers. "They didn't have nothing else. They had no more money or anything. That was basically it right there," Stephenson said. "Soon as I said no to that offer, they went and signed CJ. I figured they thought I had no chance of coming back, they just went on and signed CJ. … I felt like it was a wrap after that." Indianapolis Star

"They said shorter deals but it didn't make no sense to do the deals that they were talking about," Stephenson said. "I figured I'd just go somewhere else where I could be more happy and I feel like I'm playing (for) at least what I'm worth." Indianapolis Star

While that dinner included countless laughs and plenty of reminiscing, there's one reunion that will have to wait. Stephenson has not communicated with his former mentor, Bird, since leaving for Charlotte. "There ain't no hard feelings. That's my guy, but I haven't talked to him," said Stephenson, who expects to see Bird on Nov. 19 when he returns to Indiana for the first time as a Hornet. Definitely," Stephenson said. "I'm going to speak to him." Indianapolis Star

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