LeBron James shook the basketball world by joining the Los Angeles Lakers and now something even more incredible has happened.
He’s going to be teammates with Lance Stephenson.
Acccording to Chris Haynes, Stephenson has agreed to a 1-year, $4.5 million deal with the Lakers and instead of getting on LeBron’s last nerve as an opponent, he’ll now be on the same side as the player who has knocked him out of the playoffs five times.
The whole scenario sounds like some strange idea for a network sitcom where two players with a large backstory of intense playoff moments and hilarity end up on the same team and become friends. Maybe Lance ends up appearing in the rumored Space Jam sequel?
Stephenson was rumored to be a possibility to join the Cavaliers the same season that he ended up rejoining Indiana. The fit next to James is questionable as Stephenson needs the ball a lot to be his best self, but there’s no reason to take possessions away from James. It’ll be entertaining to see how this plays out.
Lance Stephenson said goodbye on Instagram to Indiana.
Stephenson was a free agent because the Indiana Pacers declined his team option for the upcoming season, citing the desire for cap flexibility.
Stephenson was a fan favorite and will go down as an Indiana legend, but it’ll be very strange to see him play by LeBron’s side in a Lakers uniform.
The Indiana Pacers were supposed to win 30 games this year. Every media outlet said so. Even Kevin Pritchard, the person who built this roster, admitted that their expectations were similarly low on the televised broadcast of Game 1 in this series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
They’ve been shocking everyone since the beginning of the season. Can they do it one more time in a road Game 7 against the best player in the world in LeBron James?
“We’re looking forward to it,” said Victor Oladipo of the deciding game after the Pacers blowout win in Game 6. “There’s nothing wrong with a little challenge. Obviously, it’s a big challenge ahead but we’re looking forward to the game.”
Oladipo has relished the challenges all season and has done it with impressive positivity. He’s become a franchise cornerstone, making his first All-Star team and setting career highs in basically every meaningful statistic, while claiming Indianapolis as his city and the fanbase has happily enjoyed the ride and embraced him completely.
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The Indiana Pacers are like the fictional African nation of Wakanda from Black Panther. Everyone else in the world thinks they are one thing, just a place you don’t need to worry about, live practice for a first-round contender, but now they’re shocking the basketball world with revelations of their elite technology and weapons that give them a chance against anyone as they go into the fourth game of the series with a 2-1 lead over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Indiana has been staying in obscurity all season, lurking in the shadows, appearing only once on national television.
Except the Pacers have been showing this all year. They weren’t trying to keep this a secret like Wakanda. They beat Cleveland three times this season. They swept the Golden State Warriors. It’s just no one was paying attention or perhaps not taking them seriously enough as a threat to care.
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The Indiana Pacers were down 34-12 at the end of the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
We all should have known at this point what would happen next.
The Pacers came back to defeat LeBron James and the Cavaliers behind a spark from Bankers Life Fieldhouse’s own court jester, Lance Stephenson, and yet another big shot from Victor Oladipo.
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According to the Last Two Minute Report, LeBron James traveled before sinking his game-winning, series-clinching 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining in Game 4.
What do you think? Would you have called LeBron’s travel here?
It’s not the most obvious call in the world, and one that is rarely called in the NBA. Before dribbling around the screen, LeBron moves his pivot foot, which would technically be a travel.
It was one of only two missed calls that the NBA found. The other was a missed Paul George travel before he took his game-tying attempt with under five seconds remaining.
The Pacers were swept by the Cavaliers by a grand total of 16 points, lowest point differential in a sweep in NBA History.