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Problems Between the Pacers and Lance Stephenson?

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When the Pacers’ selected Paul George, Lance Stephenson, and Magnum Rolle in June’s draft it marked a departure from the teams previous drafting strategy.  They were definitely taking higher upside players, but with that comes more risk.  The fans in Indiana thought the team had distanced itself from such characters as Stephen Jackson, Jamaal Tinsley, Ron Artest, and to a certain degree Jermaine O’Neal.  Then Lance Stephenson got arrested for domestic assault.

Since then little has been said out of the Pacers’ or Lance’s camp, but Mike Wells, beat writer for the Indiana Pacers, is starting to shed some light on the situation.  In two of his most recent tweets he tells us that Stephenson is working out with assistant coaches at a different facility from the rest of the team, and has not been permitted to workout at Conseco at all.  What he doesn’t tell us is what that means.

The Pacers have three options.  The first is to bring him into the fold and hope Danny Granger, the rest of the vets, and fellow rookie Paul George have a calming effect on Stephenson.  The second option is to release him.  They now have a young point guard, the wing positions are locked down, and they still need a roster spot to sign their other second rounder, Magnum Rolle.  The third is the current course, keep him away from his teammates and hope that counseling “fixes” him.  Of those three, we think that the first option is far better than the other two.

There’s no real reason for the Pacers’ to seclude him.  It doesn’t show a hard line, it shows complacency.  It shows that they don’t have the backbone to take a real stand, like cutting him, so why put on the show.  The media will hopefully recognize that by keeping Stephenson separate, they are tolerating what happened, but going through the motions of “disciplining” him.

We’re not suggesting the Pacers release him.  In fact, we’re suggesting the opposite.  Let Lance play with his teammates, in the teams stadium, because as it stands now, that’s where he’ll be when the season starts anyway.

When the Pacers’ selected Paul George, Lance Stephenson, and Magnum Rolle in June’s draft it marked a departure from the teams previous drafting strategy.  They were definitely taking higher upside players, but with that comes more risk.  The fans in Indiana thought the team had distanced itself from such characters as Stephen Jackson, Jamaal Tinsley, Ron Artest, and to a certain degree Jermaine O’Neal.  Then Lance Stephenson got arrested for domestic assault.

Since then little has been said out of the Pacers’ or Lance’s camp, but Mike Wells, beat writer for the Indiana Pacers, is starting to shed some light on the situation.  In two of his most recent tweets he tells us that Stephenson is working out with assistant coaches at a different facility from the rest of the team, and has not been permitted to workout at Conseco at all.  What he doesn’t tell us is what that means.

The Pacers have three options.  The first is to bring him into the fold and hope Danny Granger, the rest of the vets, and fellow rookie Paul George have a calming effect on Stephenson.  The second option is to release him.  They now have a young point guard, the wing positions are locked down, and they still need a roster spot to sign their other second rounder, Magnum Rolle.  The third is the current course, keep him away from his teammates and hope that counseling “fixes” him.  Of those three, we think that the first option is far better than the other two.

There’s no real reason for the Pacers’ to seclude him.  It doesn’t show a hard line, it shows complacency.  It shows that they don’t have the backbone to take a real stand, like cutting him, so why put on the show.  The media will hopefully recognize that by keeping Stephenson separate, they are tolerating what happened, but going through the motions of “disciplining” him.

We’re not suggesting the Pacers release him.  In fact, we’re suggesting the opposite.  Let Lance play with his teammates, in the teams stadium, because as it stands now, that’s where he’ll be when the season starts anyway.