It was only two years ago that Lance Stephenson, a benchwarmer back then, showed LeBron James the choke sign. That’s when the Heat got a whiff of Stephenson’s trash talking. And it hasn’t stopped.
Finally, in Game 3 of this year’s Eastern Conference finals, LeBron retaliated with some jawing of his own. Stephenson views this as a success.
“To me, it’s a sign of weakness,” Stephenson said. “Because he never used to say nothing to me. I always used to be the one that would say, ‘I’m gonna get under you. I’m gonna do something to get you mad.’ And now he’s trying to do it to me. So I feel like it’s a weakness. I feel like I’m doing something right, and I’m getting under his skin. But I definitely got to keep stepping up to the plate, and be more aggressive when he [does] that.”
Stephenson and the rest of the Pacers have been talking publicly all season, and it always seems like a way to reaffirm themselves. The Pacers, down 2-1, should be focusing on finding their own weaknesses.