Stephenson who was once an opponent of King James have signed a new contract to be a part of the Los Angeles Lakers squad after playing for Indiana the past two seasons, each campaign ending with a first-round playoff loss to James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The American has a history with James, including a choke sign to Miami’s bench after James missed a late free throw in a lopsided Indiana playoff win in 2012, trash talk and the ear-blow incident when Miami met Indiana in the 2014 Eastern Conference finals and striking James in the groin when the star drove to the hoop in a game last November.
“It’s actually funny that I’m actually on the same team as him. I’m very excited to see what that brings,” Stephenson said. “It’s going to be amazing.”
“It’s incredibly exciting to have Lance join our team,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said. “Lance is playoff-tested and will bring a certain edge, confidence and toughness to our roster.
“His multi-positional versatility and open-court playmaking abilities are key ingredients for the basketball style we designed for next season.”