The Indiana Pacers made an intriguing roster move in late-March when they signed Lance Stephenson to a three-year deal. It wasn’t intriguing because it was the kind of move that could impact the race for a championship or anything.
No, it was intriguing because Stephenson was great as a member of the Pacers from 2010-14. During the 2014 offseason, Stephenson left Indiana and bounced around from team to team, never really finding a franchise which let him be the player he was with the Pacers – a spark plug and general nuisance who would sometimes make his own teammates/coaches/fans pull their hair out.
He showed us his ability to be a spark plug and general nuisance in his first game back with Indiana. He showed us his maddening nature which sometimes infuriated his teammates on Monday night in the Pacers’ Game 2 loss to Cleveland. Stephenson’s body language was kind of rough at times, and after the game, Indiana star Paul George kind of called his teammate out.