Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson thought he deserved to be an Eastern Conference All-Star. The fans and coaches, however, decided he did not. He certainly had a case, and his breakout season for the league's best team has been a great story. On Friday, Stephenson didn't hold back his disappointment. "I'm mad. I feel like I had my breakout year last year. I showed I can play with anyone on the floor and I felt like this year, I brought a little bit more to my game. "But other people saw it differently. I'm just going to keep working hard and prove everyone wrong." Stephenson's entire four-year career so far has been spent trying to prove people wrong. He was selected 40th overall because of off-court concerns and it took him until his third season to earn a place in the rotation. Now, Stephenson is the Pacers third best defensive player and fourth best offensive weapon, an indispensable piece of a potential championship contender. He's averaging 14.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 35.7 minutes, shooting 49.9 percent from the field and leading the league with four triple-doubles.
Stephenson on All-Star exclusion: 'I'm mad'
The Score | Feb 1