Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
“Born Ready” finally got into a game.
Lance Stephenson logged his first NBA minutes Sunday, notching two points, a rebound, and two assists in the Indiana Pacers’ 110-108 overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Lance Stephenson Sr. threw confetti into the air after his son made each of his two free throws.
“It felt good,” Stephenson, the former Brooklyn Lincoln star, told the newspaper. “I have to get in game shape. I was tired after the first two minutes in there. I’m in practice shape, not game shape.”
Pacers interim coach Frank Vogel told the paper he wants Stephenson to play in at least every other game so he can get some NBA experience.
“He put a toe in the water yesterday,” Stephenson’s agent, Alberto Ebanks, said by text. “The ice is broken and soon his presence will be felt and the Pacers will have another oar in the water.”
Stephenson’s NBA debut came four days after his assault case was dismissed and sealed. Stephenson was alleged to have assaulted the mother of his daughter last August.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.