Pacers’ Stephenson OK with probable return to bench



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The Pacers' Lance Stephenson brings the ball up court during a Jan. 10 game against the New York Knicks in Indianapolis. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON


INDIANAPOLIS

The writing is on the wall. Lance Stephenson reads it, knows it and is completely at peace with it.

One day in the not-so-distant future, small forward Danny Granger is going to high-five his way onto the court as one-fifth of the Indiana Pacers starting lineup. What this means is that the 6-foot-5 Stephenson, a starter in 52 of the team’s 60 games so far this season, won’t.

There was a time in Stephenson’s young professional basketball career when such inevitability would have been more difficult to digest than sour milk. Pouting rooted in a major case of self-pity might have been involved. And there’s a chance certain opinions would have exited his mouth, the kind Stephenson only later would wish he could reel back in.

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