Video: Lakers’ Lance Stephenson gets called for a technical foul after air guitar celebration
The Los Angeles Lakers were certainly having a whole lot of fun during their 28-point win over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night. Especially Lance Stephenson, who decided to break out an air guitar celebration after hitting a three-pointer in the midst of the rout.
The only problem for Lance was that he was hit with a technical foul for taunting.
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Lance Stephenson finished with 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists in over 23 minutes for a solid effort off the bench, making five of his eight field-goal attempts.
On the year, Stephenson is averaging 7.3 points, and 3.1 boards across 14.7 minutes a night while shooting 43.5 percent from the floor, 37.1 percent from three-point range and 85 percent from the free-throw line.
When the Lakers added Stephenson after signing LeBron James this past summer, many were wondering just how the two would co-exist. It’s no secret that Stephenson has harbored a longstanding dislike for James, and James was never all that crazy about Lance, either.
However, James was very open to the idea of bringing Lance Stephenson aboard, and it has seemed to pay dividends, as Stephenson has been a solid contributor off the Lakers’ bench all year.
The 28-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Cincinnati, was originally selected by the Indiana Pacers in the second round (40th pick overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft.
Lance Stephenson spent the first four years of his career with the Pacers before signing a lucrative contract with the Hornets during the summer of 2014. However, Lance was a major disappointment in Charlotte and has bounced around between six teams since then.
The Brooklyn native actually revitalized his career by returning to Indiana in 2017 and had a solid year last season, which led to him earning a deal with the Lakers.