Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 at 9:50 am  |  16 responses

Lance Stephenson Happy to Come Off the Bench for the Pacers Again

After his breakout season, Lance Stephenson says he’s willing to keep playing the same role with the Indiana Pacers. Lance also opened up to the Indy Star about Larry Bird’s return and the team’s future: “Q: Despite having an outstanding season, there’s been a lot of speculation you may go back to coming off the bench this season, especially if Danny Granger is healthy and ready. Would you be OK with that? A: ‘I’m just coming in to play hard. Whatever coach (Frank Vogel) decides to do, I think it’s a great decision. Me coming off the bench, Danny coming off the bench, either way, we’re deep. Whatever helps the team, that’s what I want to do.’ Q: What is your opinion on the moves the team has made this summer? A: ‘We’ve made a lot of great pickups. Our bench is even better than what it was last year. Once training camp comes, we’re going to see where everyone’s position is at and get ready for the next year.’ Q: Now that you’ve had a little time to reflect, why do you think you improved so much last season? A: ‘I got more consistent with my jump shot, but really, it was just playing hard and playing good defense. Do whatever it takes to stay on the floor. If I stay like that, the sky is the limit for me and the Pacers.’ Q: Your close relationship with Larry Bird was well-chronicled during the playoffs. What was your reaction when he decided to return as team president? A: ‘He makes great decisions. He picked up great players. Just having him be there as a leader and someone that motivates you, it helps my game a lot. Having him come back is a plus for the Pacers.’”

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  • Ishmael Jenkins

    He’s smart enough to know that either way, they’re going to be a major problem to deal with and he’s going to be an important part of it.

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah, to his credit it doesn’t seem like the post season success made his ego get too big

  • 80

    great attitude young man, there is a bright future for you

  • jason

    He deserves more recognition

  • LakeShow

    One of my favorite playoff performers this last season.
    He is a valuable player for a playoff team.

  • bike

    Little Lance is all grown up now.

  • Reedo

    What other choice does he have?

  • Greg

    Some guys don’t stay knuckleheaded forever. His parents should be proud, if he had a different coach like a dantoni, he probably wouldn’t be in the nba right now

  • Clos1881

    What do you mean?

  • Max

    Yea it was so fun to watch him get a rebound put his head down and run everybody over and finish it at the rim.

  • King David


  • King David

    Born Ready o proud of you dawg

  • pposse

    he is still under his rookie contract. What purpose does it serve for a guy heading into his final year of his deal to act out and say anything other than lowering your asking price heading into 14-15? Once he gets really paid, we’ll see what kind of attitude he has.

  • pposse

    the guy is under his rookie contract still, anyone with half a brain would say what he said. if he only has half a brain, the other half would be paying attention to what his agent is telling him to say.

  • Mack

    He started to grow on me in the playoffs and now this guy is a full blown garden of good in my books. Pacers should look to lock him up as either your starting 2 down the road or 6th man.

  • robb

    So glad Lance’s maturing and becoming an important part of his team. I’m very happy for him