While Lance Stephenson has had a pretty decent NBA career, he is perhaps best remembered for blowing in LeBron James' ears when the now-Los Angeles Lakers star was still with the Miami Heat.
During Game 5 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals between the Heat and Indiana Pacers, broadcast cameras caught Stephenson trying to distract James by blowing in his ear. Interestingly, it looked like Stephenson's antics affected LeBron, as the Heat star finished with just seven points and four assists in the contest.
The moment became a meme that has lived and continues to trend until today:
Now speaking on Bleacher Report, Lance Stephenson revealed the rather obvious reason why he did that to LeBron James. Of course he wanted to win and would do anything to make that happen.
“I just wanted to win.”
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While that is probably not the explanation people wanted to hear, it's not like the issue remains a big deal today. After all, it has been eight years since it happened and both players have since moved on.
As every NBA fan knows, LeBron and Stephenson even played together with the Lakers for one year during the 2018-19 season. The ear-blowing incident was a major talking point at the time, but in the end, it all boiled down to the two being competitors.
Hopefully, though, we get to see Stephenson blow in LeBron's ear again or annoy the hell out of him when they play each other.