Lance Stephenson has been in the NBA for 4 seasons. He is a graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School, Brooklyn, NY, where he won four consecutive city basketball championships. He holds the record for all time leading scorer for boys basketball in New York. Lance is currently a member of the Indiana Pacers.
When you grow up in Coney Island, things aren’t always flashy. Money doesn’t grow on trees, and neither do dreams. Your hustle is harder, and your willpower has to be top notch in order to even think about fulfilling your life goals. I know this first hand. What I also know first hand is that when I was a kid I used to see a little boy with braids who would come off the elevator and head to the basketball court during the summer to play street ball. His name is Lance Stephenson.
Damaris: You’re leading the NBA in triple doubles. You’re averaging 13.4 points a game, 6.6 rebounds a game and 5.2 assists per game. I don’t have to be a major basketball fan to know that those are some pretty awesome numbers. How has this season been different compared to your previous 3 years in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers?
Lance: “Being really confident. Knowing my teammates have my back, and that my coach is allowing me to play my game. Confidence.”
Coming from Lincoln High School, you know what it means to win it all when it comes to a championship. Now that you’re in the league, what’s pushing you in terms of winning it all?