Back in July, Lance Stephenson decided to sign a three-year, $27 million deal with the Hornets instead of re-signing with the Pacers. There were several teams that were interested in signing Stephenson. But he ultimately decided to join Charlotte because of the convincing pitch that Hornets owner Michael Jordan, general manager Rich Cho, and coach Steve Clifford gave to him. And tonight, he'll make his first trip back to Indiana since leaving in the offseason.
Stephenson did a lot for the Pacers when he was with the team, though, so surely the fans won't boo him when he takes the court for the Hornets tonight, right? Er, Stephenson isn't so sure. He's trying to keep things business as usual during his trip to Indianapolis. But during an interview with the Indianapolis Star yesterday, he revealed that he isn't expecting a warm reception at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
"Honestly," he said, "I think I'm going to get booed."
And it sounds like it's making him kind of antsy in the hours leading up to the game.
"I'm nervous," he said. "Just to see the fans' reaction of my decision."
The game tips off this evening at 7 p.m. EST. Do you think the boo birds will be out?
[via Indianapolis Star]