Indiana Pacers: Team legend signs with new team

Indiana Pacers, Tyrese Haliburton - Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Indiana Pacers, Tyrese Haliburton - Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

There are many players that float into and out of the NBA every year. Some of which are incredibly talented players that just didn’t find the right fit. Well, a Pacers’ legend has managed to find a new fit, albeit, outside of the NBA.

A player that was born ready has signed with a club in Puerto Rico, meaning that Lance Stephenson is back playing professional basketball.

And while this is no longer NBA basketball, it is good that Stephenson is able to continue to play basketball somewhere. Lance was a perennial fan favorite during his time in Indy and always seemed to perform at a high level when he was in -then- Bankers Life Fieldhouse. In his initial seven seasons with the Pacers he averaged: 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. And while that isn’t going to blow anyone away, it was all of the extras that Lance brought to the court.

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Lance brought energy day-in and day-out to the Indiana Pacers and ignited the fanbase.

From the air guitars, to blowing in LeBron James ear, to the flailing antics all around the court, Lance was the most unpredictable player on the court. Which was both a good thing and bad thing at times.

When he left Indiana the first time, his career never quite hit the same level and trajectory he was on before the change. He seemed to move around the league never quite being the same player he was in Indiana the first time. He eventually came back to Indiana and brought energy along with him again. And was beloved by Pacers fans the whole time.

And while you can play would-of could-of should-of with the curious case of Lance Stephenson, we should all be happy for him that he’s found a new spot. Here at 8pts9secs we wish him nothing but the best and will never forget what ‘Born Ready’ brought to the Pacers franchise!

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