In a cosmic twist of fate, LeBron James and his wildly entertaining on-court nemesis, Lance Stephenson, are now teammates with the Los Angeles Lakers.
No one really knows how Lance Stephenson will play outside of Indiana, as his career has been a mixed bag beyond his extremely productive and meme-inducing years as a member of the Indiana Pacers.
Perhaps his most famous viral moment came in the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals, when he gently blew into The King’s ear during a break in the action. I mean, who doesn’t remember this iconic moment:
Now that the two are on the same team, it’s time to re-evaluate everything about their relationship, something that Stephenson approached in a recent interview with The Score:
Surprising no one, Lance’s answer was the he “was really trying to get him [LeBron] mad.” Much of Stephenson’s Pacers career can be summed up with that phrase, as he is one of those rare players who serves as a premier irritant in the league (a la Patrick Beverley or Rajon Rondo).
It was nice to see the rivalry rekindled in the surprisingly feisty and tight seven-game series that the Cavaliers and Pacers played during the 2018 NBA Playoffs.
Now that the two parties are on the same team, it’s unlikely that Lance will be trying to make LBJ mad, but you never know, a light blow in the ear might be just what LeBron needs to get him riled up to play in the Western Conference.