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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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    cool

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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

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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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    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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    I feel sorry for Ford.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    TBH though, Danny doesn't have that fluidity either and he never will. Just throwing that out there.

    To answer my own question, I think that he'll get like 6 points showing some nice moves, but he does it outside of the flow of the offense while showing off some bad team defense with decent man-to-man as long as he isn't being picked on by an opposing player. Then we'll know why Bird and co. are excited about him, while at the same time understanding why he doesn't really deserve playing time.

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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.
    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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    I don't really care when he's going to play. he was a very late second round pick who could spend the next few years in prison, so I don't care about him.

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    Really, why should I be excited to see player who was drafted in the 2nd round and not good enough to get on the court for an 18-27 team? If he was any good at all he would have already found his way on the court. "Born Ready" might never be ready!

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    "Stay Tuned"

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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 don't really care when he's going to play. he was a very late second round pick who could spend the next few years in prison, so I don't care about him.

    Actually he was the 10th pick in the second round so I wouldn't consider that very late. And I very very very much doubt that he's going to do any prison time, let alone a few years.
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    Really, why should I be excited to see player who was drafted in the 2nd round and not good enough to get on the court for an 18-27 team? If he was any good at all he would have already found his way on the court. "Born Ready" might never be ready!
    I hope he comes out and gets a steal or 2, a few rebounds, handles the offense very affectively, puts up 6 to 10 points, and plays great defense to show you just why we are all excited about him. We got him in the second round and if you saw him play at all in the summer league he was impressive. It was a steal and IMO he will turn out to be the second or third best player on the team. Give him time.

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