/ Oct 19, 2014 / 10:00 pm
Lance Stephenson (photo. @cjzero Vine)
Frankly, we’re not too concerned with flopping. The vast majority of today’s so-called flops involve players slightly embellishing contact that would merit a whistle even without such gesticulation. It’s telling that throughout tens of exhibition games, we’ve yet to come across a play that would get the league’s millions of armchair officials calling flop. Having said that, this one from Lance Stephenson – a repeat offender – is about as bad as it gets. Read More »
The NBA is a point guard driven league. Look at personnel on the top teams in the Association. With just a couple exceptions, the best teams in the league have stellar point guard play. After the point guard position, the power forward position is emerging as the deepest talent pool in the league.
What’s been lost in the NBA is great play from the shooting guard position. Having a great shooting guard isn’t a necessity anymore. Just look at the San Antonio Spurs for proof. Gregg Popovich used a platoon of players at the shooting guard position last year, and none of them are superstars anymore. Danny Green is an elite three-point shooter, Manu Ginobili is past his prime but still a crafty offensive weapon, and Marco Belinelli can shoot it with the best of them, but struggles in other facets of the game. None of those guys – at least at this point in their careers – could carry the offense alone. Read More »
/ Sep 29, 2014 / 12:45 pm
Michael Jordan is owner of the Charlotte Hornets. He’s also a six-time NBA champion, five-time MVP, and considered by most to be the greatest basketball player of all-time. Jordan hasn’t been shy to practice with his team in the past, and reports from those closed-door sessions are always and predictably glowing: “MJ took Michael Kidd-Gilchist to school!” is a rough approximation of a common refrain. Offseason addition Lance Stephenson, though, plans to put Jordan’s practice success to the test this season. Read More »
/ Sep 23, 2014 / 11:00 am
The hottest beat of the summer is Bobby Shmurda‘s “Hot N***a.” Pretty much every rapper has tried their hand at riding the same beat during an avalanche of remixes this summer. Lance Stephenson recently put his new Hornets hat in the ring, and his simpatico bars are actually pretty tight, as is the music video Born Ready shot while rocking Larry Johnson‘s old No. 2 for the Hornets — Stephenson’s new team. Come check it out. Read More »
The Charlotte Bobcats were one of the most surprising teams of the 2013-2014 season. Broadly questioned when they signed Al Jefferson to an outsized contract of three years and $40 million last summer, the Bobcats rode his low-post supremacy and team-wide defensive improvement to 43 wins and the seven seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. They were swept by the Miami Heat in the first round, of course, but that belies the big-picture development in Charlotte: The Bobcats weren’t only successful, but figured to be even more so in the future. Read More »
Lance Stephenson decided to sign a three-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets last week, instead of accepting the long-term contract the Pacers were offering. The decision surprised Larry Bird, who is disappointed to lose his starting shooting guard, but also a player he personally helped develop into a borderline all-star.
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Drake, Lance Stephenson (photo. @ESPN)
The lovable rapper/actor/emcee backpackers hate with the violence of an early Rakim couplet, Raptors global ambassador Drake, hosted the ESPYs tonight in Los Angeles and he got a couple humdingers in about Donald Sterling and others. Perhaps his greatest NBA-related skit involved Lance Stephenson and his former teammate Paul George. Read More »
Lance Stephenson has agreed to terms on a three-year, $27 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets. The Pacers made an offer for five years, but Stephenson decided it was in his best interest to take a shorter-term deal in order to maximize his opportunity for one more huge contract in his prime, especially considering the league’s upcoming television deal and a possible change in the collective bargaining agreement after the 2016 season.
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Lance Stephenson is reportedly unhappy with Indiana’s 5-year, $44 million offer from a week ago, sources tell ESPN. After negotiations reached an impasse, Stephenson has turned towards the free agency market, which is still being held up by LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. If the Mavs and Lakers miss out on ‘Melo and ‘Bron, they have emerged as possible destinations for the Pacers’ mercurial wing. Read More »
Lance Stephenson and the Indiana Pacers reached an impasse during contract discussions two days ago despite the team’s free agency pitch to the talented, volatile guard including an original, biographical movie. As the holiday weekend is finally upon us and the market has begun to take shape, ESPN’s Chris Broussard reports that the two sides are “no closer” to an agreement than they were before. Read More »