Lance Stephenson Too Busy Celebrating Block To Defend Dunk Because Lance Stephenson

Bryan Brandom
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Due to a never-ending cascade of plays memorable for both the right and wrong reasons, one might be surprised to learn that Lance Stephenson is wrapping up just his eighth season in the NBA.

After eight years of mounting evidence, it’s probably safe to say the 27-year-old will never be capable of focusing on a game for the entirety of his time on the hardwood.

Yet more evidence: this embarrassing effort — or impressive effort followed by a complete lack thereof — from his Indiana Pacers’ matchup with the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night.

After chasing Dwight Howard down for a mammoth swat of a dunk attempt, Lance stared his opponent down and celebrated, seemingly unaware that his block didn’t freeze time, while Howard’s teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scooped up the leftovers and threw down a monstrous, uncontested dunk mere feet from Stephenson’s flexing back.

Fortunately for Lance, good guy Dwight made sure the Pacers wing wasn’t alone in his indifference to the game going on behind them, complaining to the ref instead of pursuing the loose ball himself.