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.