I just have the feeling that he could get go elsewhere and run into all sorts of problems with teamates and coaches... However, his talent is undeniable and if he were to carry on maturing and apply himself correctly you are correct, he could be a difference maker.
I love Lance. He'd be my #1 target for sure in the summer. I'm not super worried about the attitude stuff...I think our team is well organized enough with high character guys that he wouldn't be an issue. He hasn't caused any issues in Indy to my knowledge in the last few years...
And just in general I think all signings will come down to what Kemba does. He was the reason we got Al. Now Kemba....who's really making noise this year and could lead us to the Playoffs/become an All Star.....could go to a guy like Lance and recruit because Kemba himself has a legit voice as a legit player in this league.
Defensive breakdowns and some maturity issues. You gotta guy like Lance Stephenson who is just getting some playing time and some of the veterans were upset with the way he was playing out there, as far as not wanting to give the ball up and also some of the passes he was making.
You know, Lance is a very talented player and I'm never going to take that away from him. I just feel like he needs to grow up. He's very immature still. I've mentioned that to a number of people about his maturity problems and a lot of people say, well he's only 20 years old, but my response to that is, you may be 20 years old but at the same time there's a difference between acting 19 or 20 and acting 15 or 16 and I feel like Lance is more in that 15 to 16 range and again, where the leadership lacks, he thinks he can get away with that.
2) In July 2008, Stephenson tried out for the United States national team's under-18 team, but was cut because of chemistry reasons
3) In January 2008, Stephenson was suspended from school for five days and missed two games following an altercation with a teammate. In October that year, he was arrested for groping a 17-year-old inside the school. He faced a Class B misdemeanor sexual assault charge, and his parents ended the "Born Ready" reality show following the arrest.
On August 15, 2010, Stephenson was arrested for third degree assault after allegedly pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs. The case was eventually dismissed.
He is in a very stable situation right now which suits him perfectly, he has people like West who will keep him in his place. Not saying this is a deal breaker, I am still VERY interested in him, but it should be absolutely something any team who pursues him should be worried about
Agree that the character issues of the past shouldn't be glossed over, but it appears the light has turned on for him. I could see maybe if Stephenson went back to NYC, and how it could create troublesome situations being close to home. I could've seen it being an issue here in the past when you had youngsters like Felton, DJ, Morrison, May, etc and outspoken players like Tyrus, Richardson and to a lesser extent, Jack. Now, I feel like the nucleus is sound and Al, Henderson and McBob give us that vet presence, and Kemba, MKG, Taylor, and Zeller are a different kind of young than our previous draftees...if that wording makes sense. Plus, I'm not really put off by an 18-20 year old that has attitude/maturity issues as long as it's not detremental to the team chemistry or the integrity of the team. Regardless, at least we all agree how deadly the kid would be next to Walker and MKG.
I have a sneaky feeling Indy is going to find some way to work him back under the cap. It doesn't look possible going by the numbers, but I think Bird and his staff see the need to keep Stephenson, George, and Hibbert together for a long time.
I agree with polarcat, Lance had serious issues before the draft, but I would assume Indys leadership isn't simply just holding him down, but rather is teaching and instilling maturity and perspective along the way. Some people learn slower, but it seems he more fully understands his opportunity and doesn't want to go back to the old ways.
And I do absolutely think we have just as strong a locker room as Indy now. Big Al is definitely a big brother role model like West. Kemba, mkg, and biz are balloholics whose work ethic would surely impress upon lance, and these guys don't seem the easily influenced type, but moreso are leaders by voice and/or example.
Also, aren't Kemba and lance good friends from back in the day? That could also continue the great chemistry we have, and allow lance to fit in and keep focus on basketball.
And let's not overlook the coaches. Clifford is definitely not a pushover and is not afraid to get on your ass, but he also knows when to tone it down and talk to someone like a man. Then with Ewing and Price, they already have instant respectability and credibility due to their all star pedigree, and can play a mentor/father figure role.
And finally, here's where the Jordan factor could definitely be in play, as I'm sure lance idolized Jordan, and would listen to any and all advice he has.
Plus, seeing the hornets halftime presentation, it seems the team goes all out in its professional treatment of basketball operations, and lance could be mesmerized by a flashy presentation and gives us as good a shot as any to sign him away. I say why not give it a shot, his kind of talent is worth the gamble, and I don't thinks its really a gamble anymore at this point.
around the 44 second mark. So they definitely know each other. I agree that Kemba seems to be one to recruit players and it's possible that the new re-branding could help bring him in.
Our 2nd chance at a Harden move.
Damn that was one nasty ass cross over.
Hope Resurrected: "I think I can bring an attitude to a team as far as, ‘All right, no matter what, we are not losing this game'." - Kemba Walker
"Its okay to be bad; just so long as you're bad ass." - Keetch
"I don't care if he uses a sophisticated pulley and tackle system to get his shot off if the bitch goes in."-Mustachio
Two NYC kids having fun and feeding off each other... that vid was pretty sweet spectre.