Mar 31, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) looks on during the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Spurs won 103-77. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

George Hill “Got into a Verbal Confrontation” with Lance Stephenson During Loss to Spurs


There is nothing good in Pacers Nation right now. The team is a barge on fire in a sea of gasoline, and watching it play has become a waste of time for anyone who enjoys well-played basketball.

Through the struggle, the team seems to be unraveling at its core. Players are continually talking about one another in the media, and the once-concrete chemistry and togetherness that held everything together seems nonexistent. The players say they have talked and talked and talked, but it has become merely a futile exercise in windbaggery as nothing that they discuss translates to substantive change on the court.

Now we are hearing that, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, George Hill “got into a verbal confrontation” with Lance Stephenson during a timeout last night during Indiana’s loss to San Antonio.

The Pacers are experiencing a leadership void at the moment and the only thing they’re racking up faster than turnovers and bad shots is finger pointing. During a timeout in the second half, George Hill got into a verbal confrontation with Lance Stephenson on the bench and they had to be separated by teammates.

Paul George has battled some negative attention and has turned away some teammates’ offers for support during it. Hibbert has gone on the record calling his teammates selfish. Team president Larry Bird has gone on the record essentially calling his coach, Frank Vogel, soft and his players not committed enough.

Barely a game goes by when one Pacer or another doesn’t seem to be angry at Stephenson for something. Often he earns it, be it ridiculous technical fouls or bizarre decisions, but Stephenson is rarely guilty of not playing with commitment, as Bird has questioned his teammates on.

Your Indiana Pacers, ladies and gentlemen.

UPDATE: Here is another account from Steve Aschburner of NBA.com.

Hill had a heated timeout exchange with backcourt mate Lance Stephenson in the second half Monday, but chalked it up to “wanting to win.” Stephenson likened it to “brothers” squabbling but still being family.

 

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  • Josh Baker

    To be clear, there was no separating. George was pissed off walking to the bench, being very vocal about how they were playing. And Lance clearly didn’t agree with his assessment and started shouting back as they were sitting down on the bench. Hill listened for like 2 seconds, then peaced out and just left the bench. He came back like halfway through the timeout. Lance barely played after that so you can draw your own conclusions as to who the coaches thought was right.

    • Brenn Bell

      Thanks for the details. Media always exaggerates which doesn’t help the team.

  • Adam Best

    George Hill should’ve been less worried about Lance, and more worried about: A.) Receiving third-degree burns from ex-teammate Tony Parker; and B.) Quarterbacking the NBA’s WORST offense in March. Sick of everyone blaming Lance when he is the only one who brings it every night. Is he an idiot sometimes? Yes, but at least he is a motivated one. Money and press knocked the chip off of the other Pacers’ shoulders. And All-Star appearances/Gatorade commercials.

    • Jack Wright

      lance Stephenson might literally be the least of our problems

  • llcoolray3000

    I’ve been joking about Bird pulling a Pat Riley and naming himself coach, but at this point, that might not be a bad idea.

    • Jack Wright

      we’ve been dreaming of that moment too lol