Lance Stephenson responds to Heat star Jimmy Butler’s quote mentioning him about making it in the NBA
The outspoken Miami Heat forward recently claimed that he knew he could cut it in the NBA after seeing a guy like Stephenson make it.
Stephenson, who now plays in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) for the Liaoning Flying Leopards, didn’t take Butler’s comments lightly.
Idk how to take that comment by @jimmybutler 🤷🏿♂️. That boy look up to me don’t downgrade talent I motivate you to work hard and get in that gym. You love my game don’t be scared to say it.
— Lance Stephenson (@StephensonLance) November 4, 2019
Although both guys were not highly touted prospects in their respective draft classes, Butler and Stephenson managed to carve out successful careers in the NBA and outplayed their initial draft order.
Stephenson become a vital clog off the bench in the Pacers’ playoff runs in 2012-2014 and became a serviceable player for six other NBA teams. He has career averages of 8.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in nine seasons.
Butler, on the other hand, went on to become a four-time All-Star and developed into one of the best two-way players in the league today. He currently averages 14. 7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 4.3 steals and 1.3 blocks in three games for the Heat.
Although Butler is certainly the most successful out of the two, the pair share the same gritty personality both on and off the court.
Butler also called out Kevin Love in the same interview, lambasting him for questioning his “3am workouts” in the offseason.