San Antonio Spurs Rumors: Gregg Popovich Can Tame ‘Wild’ Lance Stephenson

San Antonio Spurs Rumors: Gregg Popovich Can Tame ‘Wild’ Lance Stephenson
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NBA teams like the San Antonio Spurs should complete their rosters before training camp starts later this month. There is still hope that free agent shooting guard Lance Stephenson will be offered a contract.


Team executives and head coaches are still figuring out the identity of their respective rosters. Once that has been established, they can then seek out complementary pieces like Stephenson, Josh Smith or Mario Chalmers in free agency.

Howard Beck of Bleacher Report stated that Stephenson might have a career resurgence with the Spurs. The team isn’t getting any younger and could use Stephenson’s fresh legs in the back court.

“Everybody is better with the Spurs. [They have] a nice stable environment,” Beck explained. “You are not saying no to Pop. You are not talking back to Pop. You are doing what you got to do.”

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He added that Stephenson does play great defense. Some of his bad habits will be cured if he played for a coach like Gregg Popovich. The 25-year-old Brooklyn native would be a welcome addition to a team that already has aging veterans Manu Ginobili (39) and Tony Parker (34).

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Stephenson became an unrestricted free agent earlier this summer when the Memphis Grizzlies declined to offer him an extension.

NBA analyst Malcolm Haynes indicated that Stephenson’s game is reminiscent of a young Dwyane Wade. He is at his best when he slashes to the hoop out of pick and rolls.

Stephenson also has a decent jump shot. In his only season with the Grizzlies, he shot 47.4 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from beyond the arc, as per ESPN.

His popularity dipped in recent years due to his immaturity and lack of effort. Teams have been hesitant to sign him because of his unpredictability and detrimental on-court antics. It stands to reason that only Gregg Popovich can straighten Stephenson’s act. The question now is will it be worth his precious time?

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