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Lance Stephenson ejected for throwing a punch

Lance Stephenson, Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers knew what they were getting themselves into when they signed Lance Stephenson. He would make some wild plays in transition and act as a spark plug off the bench. But occasionally, Stephenson’s antics would overshadow what he was doing on the court.

That was on full display in the Lakers final preseason game on Friday. Stephenson pranced up the court and drove the lane. After drawing a hard foul from Quinn Cook, took a half-swing at Cook before the two were separated.

Although there was a moment of pause, the altercation didn’t escalate. In fact, the Lakers and the Warriors were smiling and laughing about the incident moments after it happened.

Another one of the Lakers new additions, Michael Beasley, was also ejected after he got physical with Draymond Green. He left the game without arguing and has no ill will towards the Warriors outspoken big man. Beasley told Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times:

“Looking back on it, it looked, I looked pretty aggressive, especially I guess with my MO. Draymond is one of my really good friends.”

These ejections took place in the final game of the preseason so there is no reason to overreact. The Lakers knew that they were bringing in a cast of characters to surround LeBron James. As long as this doesn’t become the norm during the regular season, there’s no reason to worry about these ejections.