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    I constantly get asked when Lance Stephenson will make his season debut.

    It’s coming soon, according to Vogel.

    Stephenson is the only Pacer yet to appear in a game this season.

    “It’s going to be soon, I’m just not exactly sure what game,” Vogel said. “I want to get through these first couple of games as T.J. (Ford) as my third point guard.”

    Ford, who was taken out the rotation two weeks ago, will move to the inactive list once Stephenson gets promoted.

    Vogel said Ford understands the move will happen at some point.

    “His attitude has been phenomenal,” Vogel said. “He’s ready to do whatever we ask him to do. He’ll be inactive so Lance can be active.”

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    “His attitude has been phenomenal,” Vogel said. “He’s ready to do whatever we ask him to do. He’ll be inactive so Lance can be active.”
    I'm glad he's got a good attitude, but the last part made me laugh. What's he going to do? Show up with his jersey on anyways? Storm the court like a streaker and run circles until tackled by security? LOL

    I'm interested to see Lance play.
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    I'm glad he's got a good attitude, but the last part made me laugh. What's he going to do? Show up with his jersey on anyways? Storm the court like a streaker and run circles until tackled by security? LOL
    Be a belligerent primadonna, make poorly veiled bitter comments to the media, and otherwise make life difficult during practice for the new coach? Nah, that would never happen in the NBA.

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    I hope we can find Ford a place where his abilities are utilized and he can be appreciated.

    I can't imagine how much it sucks to be inactive for a 19 year old kid you're better than. More important than being a quality NBA player, Ford is a quality person.

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    It's kind of funny with the hype being built up surrounding Stephenson's debut it's getting to the point to where it feels like watching the WWE and waiting for Hulk Hogan to return. Maybe a bit of hyperbole there but it's starting to feel like that. My opinion if it happens cool..if not life goes on. Although if Lance comes out to "I am a real american" and rips his jacket off Hogan style that'd be kind of cool.

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    It's kind of funny with the hype being built up surrounding Stephenson's debut it's getting to the point to where it feels like watching the WWE and waiting for Hulk Hogan to return. Maybe a bit of hyperbole there but it's starting to feel like that. My opinion if it happens cool..if not life goes on. Although if Lance comes out to "I am a real american" and rips his jacket off Hogan style that'd be kind of cool.
    All we need is Lance to cut some promos about his debut and we will be set!

    It will be nice to see Lance get some time against some real NBA players. I do not expect a whole bunch from him. I will just be happy if he stays out of trouble this year.

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    I am hoping for Stephenson to be the combo guard off the bench. He comes in and scores in bunches and we don't have to worry about his defensive issues as much. OJ Mayo, Jarrett Jack, Gilbert Arenas (now), there are a ton of these combo guard players that make a ton of sense that can come in as a PG or SG depending on the matchup. That is what I envision his greatest role on an NBA team being. The kid seems like he is a natural scorer and the Pacers definitely could use the extra scoring.

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    I am hoping for Stephenson to be the combo guard off the bench. He comes in and scores in bunches and we don't have to worry about his defensive issues as much. OJ Mayo, Jarrett Jack, Gilbert Arenas (now), there are a ton of these combo guard players that make a ton of sense that can come in as a PG or SG depending on the matchup. That is what I envision his greatest role on an NBA team being. The kid seems like he is a natural scorer and the Pacers definitely could use the extra scoring.

    Agreed, I think Vogel will have to patience to live with the turnovers and defensive lapses that will maybe come with him playing so we can get to the scoring bursts.

    I want to see Lance set up in the low post, at some point and punish some weaker players/defenders. He's strong enough to establish position and finish, a good enough passer to create out of that set. Also, his Pick and Roll 20 foot jumper will be near unstoppable. I'm excited to see him get minutes.

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    It's kind of funny with the hype being built up surrounding Stephenson's debut it's getting to the point to where it feels like watching the WWE and waiting for Hulk Hogan to return. Maybe a bit of hyperbole there but it's starting to feel like that. My opinion if it happens cool..if not life goes on. Although if Lance comes out to "I am a real american" and rips his jacket off Hogan style that'd be kind of cool.
    A better comparison is probably the hype that surrounded a guy from a smaller company, ECW, named Tazz. The guy had monster hype from the few that had seen him. He knew how to make the moves look good and do crazy spots. Problem is, when he got to the big time (WWE) everyone else realized he was 5'8" and didn't have what it takes to make it in the big league.
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    I hope we can find Ford a place where his abilities are utilized and he can be appreciated.

    I can't imagine how much it sucks to be inactive for a 19 year old kid you're better than. More important than being a quality NBA player, Ford is a quality person.
    Yeah, can't ask any more from TJ. I hope we release him with plenty of time to latch on to another team where he can get minutes to play for a new contract.

    I understand that we're keeping him around just in case we can use his contract in a trade, but past the trade deadline and there wouldn't be any point to that.

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    Reading about Doug Collins shifting Iggy to a "point-forward" made me wonder, "Could we call Lance a 'point-shooting-guard'?" Kind of like playing small ball or having a "3-pt specialist," perhaps we can develop a specific drive-and-dish style for Lance that might be quite effective for short periods of time. Maybe that's the proper way to view him: as a high-potential specialist.

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    LOL at the Hulk Hogan reference...it's funny because deep down I feel like he is going to suit up and be Dwayne Wade...I am sure reality feels differently.
    *removed* Just keep politics and religion completely out of it, please.

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    LOL at the Hulk Hogan reference...it's funny because deep down I feel like he is going to suit up and be Dwayne Wade...I am sure reality feels differently.
    I know it isn't likely but there is still a chance that Lance, being the only player who hasn't played this year, still could end up being the best player on the team. That very small, but real possibility excites us all deep down. I think that is why Larry pulled the trigger on him and tried desperately to move up to get him.

    I think the reason he hasn't played is the court trouble honestly. He really shot himself in the own foot with that. Hopefully for all parties concerned, he can overcome that and become Dwade 2.0.

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    I think the reason he hasn't played is the court trouble honestly. He really shot himself in the own foot with that. Hopefully for all parties concerned, he can overcome that and become Dwade 2.0.
    If Vogel is talking about playing him this season then I'd say that the court stuff isn't actually the issue. Considering our own complaints about the other players and that clearly JOB only caved on Price and George near the end from what was likely front office pressure, I'd say that Lance was the most raw of all the young players and therefore way, way off JOB's radar.


    The team line on him if it was court issues could easily be played off as "we just have too many young players already being worked with to work Lance in right now". I mean Price and George just started getting time.

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    I feel sorry for Ford.

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    I feel sorry for Ford.
    Don't be *too* sorry... he is making 8 million dollars to sit on the bench.

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    I'll be honest: I'm a little excited to see Lance play.

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    I'll be honest: I'm a little excited to see Lance play.
    Me 2 if he can play point thats a big if. He could be a game changer for us.

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    If he gets 15 minutes of burn, how will he do?

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    If he gets 15 minutes of burn, how will he do?
    This is just my guess but I picture him being agressive and getting 8 points and showing that his size makes him our best defensive PG option. Most thought he was to slow but will be pleasently surprised when they realize he is quick enough to make it in the NBA as a point, but his size and strength will set him apart defensively from our other PGs.

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    This is just my guess but I picture him being agressive and getting 8 points and showing that his size makes him our best defensive PG option. Most thought he was to slow but will be pleasently surprised when they realize he is quick enough to make it in the NBA as a point, but his size and strength will set him apart defensively from our other PGs.

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    My guess is he'll get hurt in the first game he plays in and then we won't have to worry about him anymore.

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    If he gets 15 minutes of burn, how will he do?
    it depends im sure he will be rusty just like AJ is. And if he plays with a chip on his shoulder watch out.

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    My prediction: Lance gets into a game, immediately misses 3 or 4 shots in 4 or 5 minutes, chucks them up and reminds us all why he is a serious work in progress.

    This guy ain't Paul George. He doesn't have that fluidity to his game yet, and he's going to be playing out of position.

    Whoever is trying to shoe horn him as a point guard needs to have their head examined.

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