May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (left) stands next to Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (right) during the first half in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Are Lance Stephenson’s antics hurting his free agent stock?


 

Rumor around Charlotte is that the Hornets are prepared to make a splash in the off-season this year. Whether it be in the NBA Draft, free agency, or even trading their draft picks for an established player. One player the Hornets are interested in is Indiana Pacers star Lance Stephenson.

If you have turned on ESPN or been on the internet in the last few days, you have probably seen the video of Lance Stephenson blowing in LeBron James’ ear.

Some like it and find it funny. Others, not so much. Many people call it immature and unprofessional, which for the most part is true. But is it really hurting his free agent stock? Should it keep a team like the Charlotte Hornets from pursuing Lance Stephenson in free agency?

Absolutely not.

Lance Stephenson is that guy you LOVE if he is on your team, but if he isn’t on your team..you despise him.

A huge majority of Indiana Pacers fans love Lance, and for many he is their favorite player on the team. People love his personality, and laugh at all the crazy stuff he does on the court, no matter how immature and unprofessional it might be.

If Lance was doing this kind of stuff in a Hornets uniform, would we want him off the team? No, most of us wouldn’t.

When asked about the ear blow, Lance said “I’m just playing ball.” Apparently to him, blowing in someone’s ear is a form of defense.

As crazy as Lance Stephenson is, he is the kind of player you want on your team. He wants to win, he has made that clear, and he will do whatever it takes. Even if he has to blow in someone’s ear. He’s a competitor and will give you his all every time he steps on the basketball court.

In conclusion, I believe the Charlotte Hornets should pursue Lance Stephenson if given the chance. In order for that to happen, Stephenson will have to leave the Indiana Pacers, which he has made it clear he wants to stay in Indiana.

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  • jdesq

    I’ll bite. If Lance didn’t learn a life lesson tonight, he’s either irredeemable and thus incapable of being mentally prepared to bring home a championship until he is past his prime, or his coach and staff fail as leaders. Judging by the quality of the Pacers organization, the fault would lie completely on Lance’s inability to mature as a player.