HoopsHype Lance Stephenson rumors

April 15, 2014 Updates
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All five starters — George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert — didn’t go through shootaround and will sit tonight in Milwaukee, against a lowly Bucks team that has lost five straight games and 13 of their last 14. “The starters are not going to play tonight, all five of them,” Vogel said after shootaround. “We’re going to rest them and try to heal up some various bumps and bruises involved with all five guys. “We’re not playing well as a basketball team right now and the starters aren’t playing well. Our bench is not playing well. We want to try to get the starters on track by getting their legs back under them and getting them healed up.” Why all five? “If you sit one or two guys for the game, nobody ever finds a rhythm,” Vogel said. Pacers.com

The Pacers are just a half-game back on the Miami Heat for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, but Vogel says improving their own play is their top priority. “We still have our sights on the No. 1 seed but the most important thing for our team is fixing our team,” he said. Pacers.com

March 27, 2014 Updates

Things worked out fine from the Pacers' perspective. They pulled out an 84-83 victory and lead Miami by three games in the race for first in the NBA's Eastern Conference. But they need to avoid that situation in the future, beginning with Friday's game at Washington. "I definitely can't do things that cost us games and let my teammates down," Stephenson said. "I'm a big factor to the team. Getting kicked out of the game last night was my fault and not being a pro." Indianapolis Star

"I hope it's a turning point," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. Vogel was disappointed in Stephenson's actions on Wednesday, but he said after Thursday's practice he's been pleased with his response since. "I think he's very, very contrite," Vogel said. "He understands his importance to our team and felt very badly about letting his teammates down." Indianapolis Star

Scott Agness: David West said they addressed Stephenson’s emotions as a group postgame. “He’s just got to mature. He’s got to put his big boy pants on." Twitter

February 26, 2014 Updates

Once practice concluded and the players completed their media obligations, they gathered in the team’s film room back in the locker room at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. There, they sat through a mandatory league meeting centered on financial education. Managing their money is important and can’t be stressed enough. The players were instructed to always know where their money is going, and shown why hiring a business manager can be a huge help. Audits, what they are and what is needed, were also discussed. Lance Stephenson, whose salary is worth just over $1 million after incentives, was the first player to post a photo posing with the $1 million in cash spread out over a table. Pacers.com

February 17, 2014 Updates

Simmons then asked if Hibbert could believe that Lance Stephenson has become the player he is this season: "Lance was tough. When he first got here he was probably one of the worst rookies, he didn't want to do anything. He was a pain in the butt. But he always had the talent and just never got his chance. I think the biggest thing was when Leandro Barbosa didn't sign with us, and he got his chance to play, and obviously when Danny Granger was recovering, he got a chance to play, and I'm happy for him." Indianapolis Star

February 9, 2014 Updates

John Denton: #Pacers will have Lance Stephenson (back) tonight vs. #Magic. He had a great game vs. ORL last week & Magic will have to keep him off glass. Twitter @JohnDenton555

February 7, 2014 Updates

Near the end of practice on Thursday afternoon, Lance Stephenson looked like a man without a care – or at least, a man without a back problem. Stephenson smiled as he walked from one corner of the baseline to another then later, laughed along with assistant Popeye Jones and showed no discomfort as he lofted 3-point shot after low-arcing 3-point shot. Stephenson, who crashed hard to the floor during the Indiana Pacers' win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night, passed the eye test for a clean bill of health. However, beneath his carefree exterior, Stephenson still carries a bruise as a reminder from that fall and could miss the Pacers' rematch with the Portland Trail Blazers. "The pain. Certain movements really hurt me," said Stephenson, who did not practice. The Pacers have listed him as "day-to-day" with a bruised lower back. Indianapolis Star

Stephenson said in the split-second of losing his balance, he knew that if he had extended his arm instead of taking the impact of the fall on his back, the injury could have turned out worse. "I would've broke my arm," Stephenson said. "I tried to do like a little flip so I can protect my balance at the same time. So, I'm just happy I fell the way I did." Indianapolis Star

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