The most exiting thing about this year’s NBA playoffs, for New Yorkers in particular, probably isn’t what most people would think it is. For starters, it isn’t Tim Duncan staving off impending divorce and possibly rigor mortis to focus on trying to win another championship. It isn’t even the spirited push of New York City’s beloved Knickerbockers past the Celtics. In actuality, it’s been the performance of one of the city’s native sons, Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson. Stephenson, who grew up in Brooklyn’s Coney Island, has been balling out of control, most especially in the ongoing Eastern Conference Championship where he’s hit big shots repeatedly, played wonderfully agressive defense and more importantly than anything, proven he isn’t the least bit intimidated by LeBron James. It’s been a coming out moment for him, one that FADER Films saw forthcoming years ago, when we chronicled Stephenson’s sophmore and junior seasons as a Lincoln Railsplitter in 20 episode web series called Born Ready. Something of a real life Jesus Shuttlesworth, Stephenson carried the hopes and dreams of C.I. on his back and allowed us to film him navigating all of the attention. It’s been endlessly exciting watching him come of age since the project and we wish him the best against King James on Saturday when the Pacers host Miami again for game 6 at 8:30pm on TNT. Go Brooklyn!
Lance Stephenson Was Born Ready
POSTED May 31, 2013 3:06PM IN ART+CULTURE VIDEO