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Lance Stephenson shows he’s on fire, ready for Charlotte (Instagram)

Jul 28, 2014, 2:04 AM EDT

Interesting (and pretty well done) bit of photoshop work Lance Stephenson put out over the weekend, with his Pacers jersey burning away into a Hornets one.

Stephenson is essentially getting a two-year trial in Charlotte — clean up the attitude and off-the-court/on the court (stop blowing in LeBron’s ear) and find ways to be more efficient consistently on it (he led the league in triple-doubles but was fully capable of games where he was gunning too much as well) and he’s going to get paid big time.

Plus, with Stephenson adding shot creation to Al Jefferson and a struggling offense should improve.

Do that and nobody will mock your photoshop on Instagram.

(Hat tip to Zach Harper at Eye on Basketball)

  1. grantgoodman93 - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    I think Lance is a little (emphasis on little) smarter than people give him credit for. He hasn’t been in trouble off the court since 2010 and the trash talk and antics is just his way of competing. Love him or hate him Lance is a gamer and one who I think is wising up and realizing the opportunity he has in the league.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      Stephenson had a lot of trouble before making it to the NBA. Say what you want about him messing with other players, but he has certainly matured. People compare him to JR Smith, but JR Smith has vehicular manslaughter, drug suspensions on his record. Lance has apparently cleaned up his off-court life, and at the end of the day trash talk is nothing compared to vehicular manslaughter.

      • tashab03 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        Blowing in ears and trash talk really isn’t the issue. More like physically fighting with teammates, stealing teammates rebounds, constantly arguing with other teammates. Just bad for chemistry. He did not get in trouble outside of basketball once while in Indy, so I’m not sure why people are even talking about that? The only thing that was ever brought up (him throwing his girlfriend down the stairs) was back in highschool, I believe.

  2. saint1997 - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    I think this is a top 5 move of the off season, next to Parsons LeBron Melo and Dirk. I mean this vaults Charlotte into the top 4 in the east. Hopefully MKG, Hairston and Vonleh develops, so this team becomes more interesting

    • m4a188 - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      Top 4? lol

      • whoisrdymlz - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:36 AM

        lol is right. Definitely top 3.

      • pl4tinum514 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        Chicago, Cleveland, Indiana, and maybe even Miami should still be better than Charlotte.

      • justorion - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        In the east, yea top 4

      • lowpostfootwork - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        So Washington and Toronto are underrated again?. They finished (3rd) and (5th) last season…..

        Lionel Hollins is a good coach, and Brooklyn finished (6th) without a real coach or Brook Lopez. They have a better shot at top 4 than Miami or Cleveland.

        If Miami finished 2nd with Lebron last year, and Cleveland finished 10th without him, how are either of them top 4 now? That’s illogical. Miami can’t make top 4 on Wade’s knees, and Cleveland has no depth. They’re one injury ( or leg cramp) away from a disaster.

      • urodaddy07 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        @lowpost. come on man! New Jersey did well to get to #6. They have Brook Lopez but no Livingston who I think was the best player on that team at times. I know you don’t want to give J. Kidd any credit, but to get to the playoffs without Lopez, an old team with inconsistent offence; you have got to give the coach some credit.

    • qdog112 - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      Outside of LeBron’s move, Charlotte getting Lance and Indy losing him has to be the most impact-full move in the NBA. On paper Chicago and Cleveland is better, but they still have to gel on the floor.

  3. antistratfordian - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:39 AM

    Ok, now someone photoshop him blowing out the flames.

    • money2long - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:44 AM

      Spurs already did that.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        Did they? Seems like the Spurs just poured gasoline on a fire.

        If losing to the Spurs is what it would take to make LeBron more popular than MJ… then it was probably worth it. James’ legacy wouldn’t have been helped as much by three-peating in Miami.

  4. lenbias34pt - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Watching him and Paul George guard each other will be the match up of 2014-15.
    To Early to say, but I like Charlotte’s team a bit more than the Pacers.

    The 2 holes on the Hornets are Marvin Williams or Kidd Gilcrest at the 3
    &
    Zeller and Vonleh at the 4.

    All 4 guys have NBA starter ability. Their offseason will tell the Hornets’ season.
    Kemba and Jefferson are the real deal and Henderson is ideal off the bench.

    • money2long - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:46 AM

      Lance will play the 2 so that will most likely shift Gerald Henderson to the 3.

      • whoisrdymlz - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:38 AM

        It will shift him to the bench

      • money2long - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        We’ll see, now will we.

      • qdog112 - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        Starters:
        Kemba
        Lance
        MKG
        Marvin
        Al

        Hendo goes to the bench, with Vonleh, Zeller, Taylor, PJ, Neal, Biz, Roberts vying for minutes.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:51 PM

        qdog112 is correct. My Hornets have already said that Marvin Williams will probably be the starting 4. MKG is definitely the starting 3. His shot is terrible but he plays hard and is pretty good on defense. There’s no way Kemba & Lance aren’t the starting guards.

    • metalhead65 - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      must not have watched Zeller play very much the last month of the season as he is not a hole for the hornets. Vonleh is a rookie and raw so he will not help that much this season but watch out in future years. the kid was a beast in his only season at IU. as for lance we shall see if his scoring ability translates into wins now that he will be the man in Charlotte. he will get his but what about the other players?

      • lenbias34pt - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        not sure what you are saying.
        Zeller was good or bad the last month of the season?

      • metalhead65 - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        he was good and with a year under his belt will be evn better this year and hardly the hole in the lineup you claim.

      • lenbias34pt - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:08 PM

        He averaged 13 minutes in the 4 playoff games…..2 pts and 2 rebounds.
        In April (8 games) he did average 8 pts and 4 Rbs in 22 minutes a game.

        Motorhead I’m too a Hornet fan and I like Zeller’s upside. But I fear his upside is as a nice 4 off the bench who in a pinch (in a few years) can guard a 5.

        He is not an athlete and needs about 30 pounds of muscle.

      • metalhead65 - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        he’s not an athlete? right so I guess the guy who ran up and down the court in college and shot 3’s and had a variety of moves accomplished all that how? as for his weight the guy led the big ten in rebounding and was a defensive force in toughest conference in the country needs to add weight. not a carolina fan but a hoosiers fan and you do not know what you have got in this guy. I know the pros are a different game but the point I am making is the guy is a better athlete than you give him credit for. if that is what you think of him then trade him to the pacers and you will be crying the next ten years over it.

      • lenbias34pt - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        Metal i hope you are correct, but when you consider he averaged only half a block a game LY (admittedly in only 17 minutes) i think that is at least somewhat telling.

        Metal do you feel -Like many- that Marvin Williams and his 5 reb career average can be a quality starting 4 for us?

  5. 25yearindyfan - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    The Pacers and their fans (including me) will welcome a playoff matchup against Charlotte. Bright future in Charlotte but I’d hardly call a 4 game sweep loss to Miami playoff experience, which would certainly be useful against playoff veterans like the Pacers. Indy will not be a championship team next year, but people are too quick to drop them to the bottom of the terrible eastern conference.

    • davidtmp - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      If Big Al didn’t get hurt against the Heat, it wouldn’t have been a sweep. I could see the Bobcats winning 2 games in that series…..but once Big Al went down there was no hope. All the props to Al for trying to play thru the injury, that only helps team chemistry when your main scoring option down low is willing to play thru some incredible pain for the team. So yeah, they may have gotten swept, but I think they gained ALOT in that series.

  6. jarand140 - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Let’s be clear the Pacers blew it, the window was open for them and they did not take advantage of the situation. Lance does not shoulder the blame completely, Hibbert, West, George and Hill had moments that they just did not perform. Now they must reorganize.

    • bball242322 - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      As long as PG is still on the Pacers, the window will be open. Pacers likely won’t win it all this year, but Larry Bird will shake things up and continue to find players to put around Paul for years to come. Don’t count them out quite yet. As much as people hate on Paul, there’s no denying that he’s the type of player teams can build around. As long as PG continues to develop at the rate he is, Pacers will be in contention for awhile

      Once Pacers can get rid of of Hill’s contract, and find a different starting caliber point guard, Pacers will be back in top contention. This year will be a slight regression, but our chemistry will be A LOT better without Lance the troublemaker there

  7. duhwighthoward - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    IT SYMBOLIZES HOW HE GOT BURNT BY LEBRON.

  8. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    The most important question ever is…
    WHO THE HELL SAID HE COULD WEAR MUGSY’S JERSEY????

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