Lakers’ Lance Stephenson appreciates the love from Pacers fans
The Los Angeles Lakers were beat-down by the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, losing by a final score of 136-94. Even after the blow-out, Lakers wing Lance Stephenson found a positive from the game, as he was positively received by his former team’s fans. Even then, Stephenson was a little down, saying:
Lance Stephenson on feeling love from the #Pacers crowd: "Definitely love playing here. Wish we would've won, but defintely great to play in front of the Indy fans and the love. Right now I'm a little down. Wish would've won." via @SpectrumSN #Lakers
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) February 6, 2019
Stephenson began his career in Indiana and has played six seasons for them in his career. He will always be remembered by the Pacers faithful for his on-court antics and his ability to get in the head of any opponent.
Now, the New York native is bringing these attributes to the Lakers. He had a respectable game against his old team, scoring 13 points in 28 minutes on the floor.
The veteran has had an up and down season for the purple and gold. He has games where he dazzles the crowd with fancy dribbling, but there are also games where he is a non-factor. Overall, Stephenson is averaging 7.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Stephenson’s latest campaign is the fact that he is shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc. For his career, he is only shooting 31 percent from three. If he can keep this rate up, LeBron James might want to have him on the floor more than he is now.
Lately, Stephenson’s name has been in the news for being included in a potential trade for Anthony Davis. He might end up returning home to another team he once called home, just not Indiana.