He’s been wrecking box scores and holding up fantasy teams for a solid year, but last night, Lance Stephenson notched his first career triple-double, dropping 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds on the Grizzlies. It’s an achievement reserved for the best in the league—10+ in three separate categories—and through eight games, Lance is playing like exactly that.
Oh, and just as important: through those eight games, Lance’s Pacers are 8-0. Not a coincidence.
Still, it’s an amazing feat— Kobe has only done it 19 times. Jordan? Just 28. So this is special. Like Kobe and Jordan, Lance is a shooting guard, meaning he doesn’t have the ball-handling responsibilities of a point guard or have to rebound like a forward.
But really, that’s the story of Lance. It doesn’t matter if he’s asked to rebound or distribute the ball—he does it because he’s about the team. There are only a few spots left on the Lance bandwagon. Better get your ticket.
Imagine how hard it is to get to the NBA. The sacrifices you have to make. The sweat you need to leave on the floor.
Now imagine you put in all that work, became the best player in college ball—all while serving in the US Naval Academy.
Serving our country is a greater sacrifice than most of us will ever know, but that’s exactly what David Robinson did. Robinson wasn’t highly recruited out of high school, but he spent the next six years working himself into the top prospect in basketball, all while balancing his military obligations. That’s right, six years, not four—after being drafted first overall by the Spurs in 1987, “The Admiral” spent two years in active duty and didn’t debut with San Antonio until ’89. It’s sacrifice on top of sacrifice.
In honor of Veterans Day, Robinson, who also participates in the NBA’s Hoops for Troops campaign, joined President Obama at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington, D.C. Read USA Today’s full article here, and have a happy Veterans Day. If we can learn even a little from our veterans, we’d be better players—and, of course, better people.
A big shout-out to our boy Jamaal Franklin for making his NBA debut last night in Memphis against the Pelicans. It was a day he’ll never forget, and we’re proud to have been a small part of it.
In classic Jamaal style, he gave Grizzlies fans a little taste of what they’ll see in the future. On his first trip down the court, Jon Leuer missed a short jumper, and Franklin pounced on the rebound for the putback. Not a bad way to welcome yourself to the NBA.
A few minutes later, Jamaal swatted Tyreke Evans at the rim. He added another layup to finish with 4 points, 2 boards and a block in 11 minutes, and the Grizzlies were a team-best +14 with him on the court. But the numbers don’t really matter today—welcome to the League, Jamaal. You made it.
Anyone who’s seen Lance Stephenson play knows he doesn’t get tired easily. That’s the privilege of being Born Ready—he’s still running when other guys are mouth-breathing. But lately Lance has had a great reason to be tired: he’s been hearing the same three questions for weeks.
He’s nasty on the court, but off the court Lance has too much class to get up in a reporter’s face. Good thing we’re here—here are the answers to the questions Lance has been getting lately.
1. What about your contract for next season?
He seems pretty focused on dropping 17, 5 and 7 every night while locking down his opponents’ best scorer. Something tells us the contract will take care of itself.
2. Do you care about starting?
No. He cares about finishing.
3. You’re playing at close to All-Star level. Can you keep it up?
Funny, his opponents have been asking that question too. Why don’t you ask them?