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Friday, December 3rd, 2010 at 1:53 pm  |  27 responses

Larry Bird has Lance Stephenson’s Back

Lance Stephenson has yet to be activated this season. In 17 games, Lance hasn’t gotten the opportunity to suit up, let alone see the court.  But all signs are positive for ‘Born Ready.’ From the Indianapolis Star: Pacers president Larry Bird has no plans to send Stephenson to Fort Wayne in the near future, but he said earlier this week there’s a possibility it could happen later this season. ‘Not right now, because I think he needs to be here,’ Bird said. ‘But you never know, later on in the season we might send him there to get some time.’ Stephenson, the Pacers’ second-round pick this year, has been inactive for all 17 games. The only way he’ll be active is if he beats out a teammate or if the Pacers come down with a rash of injuries at guard. The Pacers have yet to send a player to the D-League because they feel players need to be around the team to learn coach Jim O’Brien’s system. ‘We do a lot of stuff in practice that he needs to learn,” Bird said. “Jimmy stays on him pretty tough. I’m very high on the kid. I want him to be part of the team whether he’s dressing or not.’ The Pacers see Stephenson as part of their future. They signed him to a two-year guaranteed contract over the summer. O’Brien said he’s open to sending Stephenson to Fort Wayne for a week or so when the Pacers have a stretch in which they’re playing four games in five nights because there won’t be much practice time for the former New York high school star. ‘That’s going to be Larry’s call,’ O’Brien said. ‘I don’t know if getting playing time in the D-League is necessarily going to be that dramatic of an improvement for him. He might be getting playing time down there, but he’s not getting playing time learning what we’re trying to teach them.’”

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  • http://hansdeiter33@gmail.com Bmack

    Know what also helps a guy learn the system? ACTUALLY PLAYING

  • Scott

    Too much hype too early. Hope Stephenson ends up making it some day.

  • JTaylor21

    Well then push him down the stairs, larry.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Born Benched? Just playing, but I do co-sign with Bmack.

  • Bruno

    I want to see lance play this season in the NBA

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    what Bruno said.

  • C.B

    niQ u crackedme up with that “born benched” hahahahah

  • http://google c_cantrell

    im so let down with with mr born ready thus far

  • http://slamonline.com Eldon Khorshidi

    I second what Bruno and Ben said. If Lance improves his defense and actually develops solid lateral quickness and movement, I truly believe he’s gonna be a problem. At 6-5, 210, there aren’t many point guards who can physically match up with him. He could be a Tyreke Evans style point guard–obviously not as talented–but someone who can get into the paint at ease and create. Plus, despite what many believe, I think his mindset will end up helping him. He’s realized the haters are there, so it could push him even further. If either Ford/Price somehow lose playing time, Lance will get his moment.

  • TSmoove

    Damn…sliding your feet gets tough at 20 when u never learned it…i wish him the best tho…tons of potential…i saw him give Jamal Crawford and Nate Robinson 40 in the Rucker when he was only 16…smh he’ll have his chance tho

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Lance Stephenson is a point guard???

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^where u been lol

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    Born ready is going to developmental league, wtf! I remember this dude having a tv special on MTV. I guess everybody can’t live up to the hype.

  • Stretch

    NOT ONLY IS THERE MORE TO LIFE THAN BASKETBALL , THERE’S ALOT  MORE TO BASKETBALL THAN  BASKETBALL .

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Its a process. Just for perspetive, how much did kobe play his first few years?

  • BlackMamaba

    born inactive lol

  • Chris

    It’s if Stephenson has Larry Birds back that the Pacers have to worry….

  • allison

    Chris for the win!!! YEAHHHH

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Yeah I doubt this is just on-court reasoning for keeping him out.

    However, the Pacers are playing very well without him, it’d be a different story if they were losing.

  • Bill Sunday

    @TSmoove

    who are you trying to play? lance wasn’t dropping 40 points on jamal and nate. he couldnt even do that now

  • Hammer

    Who’s lance stephenson?

  • the nerve

    bird is a g. real recognize real.

  • ClydeSays

    The bar for NBA pg’s is pretty high right now. You can’t just throw a guy out at the 1 and expect him to suceed. It typically takes years for most decent pg’s to develop.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    He can actually play. Not going to defend him any further than that though.

  • Epic Fail

    @Bill Sunday Lance dropped 40 points on Jamal Crawford and Nate Robinson at the EBC tournament in Rucker Park. Even Fat Joe (Who owns the team), will tell you that.

  • http://twitter.com/BlackStallionRa Rakim Watson

    Why do they treat him like that? He was great player at Lincoln in Brooklyn & he is the main reason my school (Kennedy) lost at MSG in the final game. You have to let the New York players get some shine too! Brooklyn^^

  • http://twitter.com/BlackStallionRa Rakim Watson

    And BMack is right!

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