Rob Pelinka says Lance Stephenson is LeBron James’ Dennis Rodman with Lakers
Lance Stephenson is a wild card, and this should come as no surprise to anyone. But not only is Stephenson a wild card, Rob Pelinka thinks that he can be on the level of one of the best in NBA history: Dennis Rodman. The LA’s general manager compared Lance to the Chicago Bull as he joins LeBron James.
Pelinka compares Lance Stephenson on LeBron's team to Rodman on Jordan's team and Metta World Peace on Kobe's team.
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Pelinka also mentions the former Laker, Metta World Peace, when discussing Lance. Metta World Peace and Dennis Rodman are interesting comparisons to make, but they definitely fit Lance.
The former Indiana Pacer has long been an antagonist on the court. In fact, his new teammate, LeBron James is probably his favorite all-time target.
James will certainly be happy that he won’t have to deal with Lance’s antics come playoff time. Instead, James will get to watch Stephenson pull out all his best tricks without having to deal with any of them. Maybe Lance will blow into an opponents’ ear or get tangled up in very dramatic fashion while fighting for the ball.
Either way, Lance’s purpose on the Lakers is clear. He must bring energy off the bench and play the part of the antagonist on the court. Stephenson has never had a problem playing this role throughout his career. The only difference is that now his team is making it abundantly clear that they want him to be the bad guy.
Many were scratching their heads when the Lakers inked Lance Stephenson to a contract. Now, it’s beginning to make a little more sense.