“A few games before, when I knew I was going to sign. We were in Cleveland. And I was like, ‘This first homecoming game, it’s going to be crazy. The night before I was so hot I couldn’t sleep I had to get up at 5am. I wanted to play so much that I was anxious. I didn’t want to miss the first quarter. I went in and put every shot. It was surprising, but it was also nice. It also highlighted all the work I had done to come back.
The Pacers’ season will have been marked by this heatstroke from Lance Stephenson in January, when he slammed 20 points in the first quarter for his first game back at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, against the Nets.
Like at home
For the second time in his career since his departure in 2014, « Born Ready » has therefore made a resounding return home, for a first, then a second ten-day contract before committing to the Pacers until the end of the season. end of the season. Obviously, it is in Indianapolis that he feels the best.
“I don’t know, I just feel like the Pacers believe in me, they come back every time. It’s a blessing and even more this time. I was able to help the young players, help the team improve and just get the chance to play and have fun. »he added in the podcast “Setting the pace”.
The end of Indiana’s season was not really pleasant, but Lance Stephenson seems seduced by the idea of leaving with the Pacers next season, he who will approach the offseason as a “free agent”.
“I can’t say anything at the moment. I don’t know where I will be. I want to stay at the Pacers, come back again and help young people, be able to play. It’s always a blessing when I come back to Indiana. So I definitely want to come back. I’d be in if we could make it “, he continued.
After a minor operation on his right knee, he has recently returned to the gym and would therefore see himself playing a veteran role in a young group that he would like to help move forward.
“There are a lot of young players who are hungry. I have the feeling that they are really ready. They are in the room, they work hard. They show every day that they want to work and win. I can definitely be the guy who can help them be stronger, better, do the little things they need to accomplish a goal that we haven’t achieved in a while. » he thus concluded.
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