Lance Stephenson Says He Was Undervalued During His Time With The Hornets And Explains Dismal Performance Was Just A One-Off Fluke
Lance Stephenson’s star hardly shined during his season with the Charlotte Hornets – prompting the “Buzz City” to shipped Stephenson to the Los Angeles Clippers among other things.
Lance Stephenson though as cited by Bleacher Report, expressed his opinion on why he fell short in bringing the buckets for the Southeast Division NBA team.
“I was just sitting in the corner. That’s not trying to be a star. A star normally gets the ball,” the 6’5 shooting guard told Dan Woike in an interview.
Stephenson also added that he and the Charlotte management didn’t see eye to eye on how he can be a future franchise player for the team when the season started. Their were already rising apprehensions that the high-level free agent will not suitably fit as a piece on the court and in the locker room, despite the early warning signs Stephenson managed to ink a deal for $27 million in three years.
The former Indiana Pacer became a shadow of his former self as his average plummeted into an all-time low with 8.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. Stephenson also lost his playmaking skills and he could hardly finish when he drove his way to the basket. A far cry from the Pacer player who helped his team in 2013-2014 season won 56 games as he averaged 13.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. The Pacers ultimately made it to the Eastern Conference Finals
The Mr. New York Basketball 2009 wants to prove that last season’s dismal percentage was a never-to-be-repeated fluke. In a report from The Orange County Register, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, “I think Lance is a better ball-in-his-hands when the ball swings and he catches it and the defense is shifting, and he’s running downhill.
Lance Stephenson joins a list of talented players who earlier in their careers needed the right pasture to let their abilities feed into. Think Rasheed Wallace of the Detroit Pistons, Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies and Ron Artest of the Lost Angeles Lakers.
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