On Saturday, Indiana Pacers reserve guard Lance Stephenson apologized for the choke sign he gave to the Miami Heat's bench in Game 3 on Thursday night in their 94-75 victory.
After LeBron James missed a technical free throw, Stephenson threw up the gesture.
Via USA Today:
"I was wrong and disrespectful to my teammates, the Miami Heat and their organization," Stephenson told NBA.com's Steve Aschburner. "I'm sorry that I did that. It was very disrespectful."
Frank Vogel then chimed on the situation, saying, "I want enthusiasm on the bench. I don't want gestures that go over the top."
It was certainly interesting and hilarious to watch Stephenson throw up the choke to LeBron.
James said today at shoot-around this about Stephenson and his choke gesture.
"Lance Stephenson? You want a quote about Lance Stephenson? I'm not going to give him the time. Knock it off."
I wonder if Stephenson will continue his antics on the bench or even if LeBron will throw a gesture back at Stephenson on Sunday.
Right now, Stephenson's team is currently up 2-1 on LeBron's. We'll see if the Pacers can put a strangle-hold on the Heat to take it to a 3-1 series lead on Sunday.
Evan Sidery is a beat writer for FootBasket. He is a fan of the Colts and Pacers. You can see more about him by following him on Twitter.