Video: Lance Stephenson’s 3-pointer has Lakers bench doing air-guitar celebration
Lance Stephenson was brought into the Los Angeles Lakers for his energy and competitive spirit. Midway into the season, Stephenson is doing exactly just that and it has trickled over to his teammates.
In their 116-102 victory over the Phoenix Suns, Stephenson unleashed his famous air-guitar celebration after nailing a 3-pointer — a taunt that’s now been considered his trademark. Fans, as well as his teammates, celebrated along with the 28-year-old as seen below.
The Lakers missed the services of LeBron James, Lonzo Ball, and Kyle Kuzma who were out due to groin, ankle, and hip injuries, respectively. As such, several players were expected to step up. Along with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ivica Zubac who had 24 points apiece, Stephenson dropped 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from downtown. The win snapped the Lakers’ three-game skid which brings their record to 26-24.
Stephenson, who’s logging in 7.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists across 15.4 minutes per game, is regarded as a fan favorite among Lakers devotees. He gained such a reputation thanks to his high-octane plays, wild celebrations (like the one above), and occasional dancing whenever he sets up or finishes a great play. He has struggled to find the consistency at times but it’s his energy which makes him a valuable asset to the purple and gold squad.