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Pacers' Stephenson open to significant role change

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07:12 AM ET 07.31 | On Thursday night, Pacers guard Lance Stephenson will begin the portion of his offseason training that includes the Knox Indy Pro-Am Summer League, and he practiced Tuesday with some fellow participants. Following practice, Stephenson talked about the summer and his expectations for next season. Q: Despite having an outstanding season, there's been a lot of speculation you may go back to coming off the bench this season, especially if Danny Granger is healthy and ready. Would you be OK with that? A: I'm just coming in to play hard. Whatever coach (Frank Vogel) decides to do, I think it's a great decision. Me coming off the bench, Danny coming off the bench, either way, we're deep. Whatever helps the team, that's what I want to do.

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July 31, 2013  08:48 AM ET

Just need consistency. Keep working on your jumpshot. Cut down on mistakes...

July 31, 2013  09:00 AM ET

I like his mentality of coming in to do whatever's needed. That's the kinda good character guys that every team should have.

July 31, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Great answer Mr. Stephens

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July 31, 2013  09:12 AM ET

The kid gets it...

July 31, 2013  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

he's a New Yorker, bro......what do you expect ?

Stephon Marbury.

July 31, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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he's a New Yorker, bro......what do you expect ?

Nothing...and that's what he's delivered so far.

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July 31, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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^ lemmings:)

Jennings will not be expected to carry the Pistons.

July 31, 2013  09:50 AM ET

Just Play, Bro.

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July 31, 2013  01:09 PM ET

Some guys are really team players or scared they will lose a paycheck....

July 31, 2013  01:11 PM ET
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I never said he was going to.but he does have to lead them, as he is the pg and they only guy they have that can create.

If you switch Felton w/ Jennings for the Knicks, would Jennings do a lot better then Felton?

July 31, 2013  01:36 PM ET
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If you switch Felton w/ Jennings for the Knicks, would Jennings do a lot better then Felton?

I think Jennings has a bit more upside than Felton at this point as he's younger and create his own shot, as well as for others (He needs to let go of the ball hogging) while Felton has mastered the Pick/Roll with occasional strong drives to the basket / streak shooting when he's not deferring too much to Melo or JR Smith.

(My pet peeve - If you are the PG why are you letting Melo or JR Smith bringing up the ball killing fast break momentum for ISO, ISO, ISO...!!)

 
July 31, 2013  01:54 PM ET

Knows the team concept!

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